Human Resources

We oversee all aspects of employment and promote a safe and pleasant work environment.


Our office is here to serve City employees, those seeking employment and those inquiring about personnel-related matters.

The City of Happy Valley maintains a policy of providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, religion, color, sec, national origin, mental or physical disability, veteran’s status or other protected status consistent with applicable law. We strive to make employment decisions based on our evaluation of an individual’s qualifications, ability and contribution to the success of our City.

Services include:

  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Classification and Compensation
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employee Relations
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Employee Training and Development
  • Property and Liability Insurance

Areas of responsibility:

  • Administration of the City’s safety, workers’ compensation
  • Coordinating health and wellness programs
  • Maintaining a variety of records

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The City is committed to a workplace which provides equal employment opportunity and is free of harassment and discrimination. Below is our policy statement from our Employee Handbook.

I.     Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policies

The following EEO Policies apply to all employees.  Members of management, elected officials and employees alike are expected to adhere to and enforce the following EEO Policies.  Any employee’s failure to do so may result in discipline, up to and including termination.

All employees are encouraged to discuss these EEO Policies with Human Resources at any time if they have questions relating to the issues of harassment or discrimination.

A.     No-Discrimination Policy

The City provides an equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, Oregon, or local law. This EEO policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship – including but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, demotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, recall, and termination of employment.

B.     No-Harassment Policy

The City prohibits harassment of any kind in the workplace, or harassment outside of the workplace that violates its employees’ right to work in a harassment-free workplace.

This policy applies to and prohibits sexual or other forms of harassment that occur during working hours, during City related or sponsored trips (such as conferences or work-related travel), and during off-hours when that off-duty conduct creates an unlawful hostile work environment for any of the City’s employees.   Such harassment is prohibited whether committed by a City employee or by non-employees, such as elected officials, volunteers, members of the community, and vendors.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment has been defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature (regardless of whether such conduct is “welcome”), when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of employment;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual;
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Some examples of conduct that could give rise to sexual harassment are unwanted sexual advances; demands for sexual favors in exchange for favorable treatment or continued employment; sexual jokes; flirtations; advances or propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic, verbal commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess, or deficiency; leering, whistling, touching, assault, sexually suggestive, insulting, or obscene comments or gestures; display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; or discriminatory treatment based on sex. This is not a complete list.

Other Forms of Prohibited Harassment

The City’s policy also prohibits harassment against an individual based on the individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, protected activity, and any other status protected by applicable law.

Such harassment may include verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility towards an individual because of any protected status, and can include:

  • Jokes, pictures (including drawings), epithets, or slurs;
  • Negative stereotyping;
  • Threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts that relate to a protected class; or
  • Written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of the protected status.

In addition to the policies above we have several other important policies that support our commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, examples include:

  • Disability Accommodation Policy
  • Pregnancy Accommodation
  • Rest Breaks for Expression of Breast Milk
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Jury & Witness Duty
  • Religious Observances Leave & Accommodation
  • Crime Victim Leave Policy
  • Domestic Violence Leave & Accommodation Policy
  • Military Leave
  • Drug & Alcohol Treatment


Ivy Markesino

Human Resources Director

Human Resources Information

[email protected]