Company Founder Rollie Waters will take the lead in building both businesses
DALLAS – The Waters Consulting Group, a leader in public-sector executive recruitment and Web-based Human Resources systems, has announced plans for its executive search and e-solutions businesses under two new corporate brands following the sale of its compensation consulting practice.
Waters & Co. Executive Recruitment will focus on public-sector executive recruitment and Waters & Co. E-Solutions will offer four Web-based Human Resources solutions, according to Rollie Waters, who will lead both entities. Waters said both of the rebranded enterprises are in a high growth mode and will soon require additional staffing.
“People are a common denominator across everything we do,” Waters said. “Our services have always been grounded in rigorous research and proven through decades of practical experience. The convergence of the two not only strengthens our own firm, but more importantly helps our clients press the accelerator on organizational success through talent strategies combined with data-driven processes. Each must be continually adapted to keep pace with the realities of a turbulent, changing world; and our firm is no exception.”
Charles (Chuck) A. Anderson will play a key role in leading Waters & Co. Executive Recruitment. As CEO of the Executive Recruitment Division under The Waters Consulting Group name since 2006, Anderson has broad and deep executive leadership experience in local government and public education, including serving as city manager for Dallas, executive director for Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and executive director for the Michigan Education Association.
Assisting with Waters & Co. E-Solutions is Management Information Systems Director Shawn M. Wachtel, who will focus on business development, data management, software maintenance and client relations. The company’s four cloud-based Human Resources solutions include CareerNavigator™, CompensationNavigator™, SurveyNavigator™ and PayDesigner ™.
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WCG president urges public-sector organizations to look beyond proposals and presentations
DALLAS – An executive with decades of experience in compensation consulting and executive recruiting for public-sector organizations today urged those organizations to consider five success factors in choosing an executive search firm. He said that when executive searches fail to achieve the desired results, one or more of these factors is usually in play.
Rollie Waters, who has been widely published in human resources journals and authored several books, founded The Waters Consulting Group in 1988. The Dallas-based firm has placed hundreds of executive-level public sector employees. Recently it was hired to take over an executive search for a South Carolina county manager.
“The experience of the York County Council in South Carolina is a reminder that when executive searches go wrong, time and money are lost. To avoid these kinds of problems it’s best to consider only those search firms that meet what I call criteria for success.” Waters listed five of these success factors:
1. Industry experience – A firm should have a track record in public-sector executive search that inspires confidence. Public-sector experience is the key here as well as the length of that track record.
2. Human resources expertise – Look for firms with people who have training and hands-on experience in human resources. Plenty of firms have people with experience in government, but that has to be paired with HR experience to achieve a quality result.
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Chuck Anderson cites recent search for new police chief in Sanford, Florida.
DALLAS — The Waters Consulting Group Inc., a leader in compensation consulting and executive recruiting for public-sector organizations, recently completed the executive recruitment of a new police chief for Sanford, Fla., which drew national attention last year following a fatal shooting involving a teenager and a neighborhood watch volunteer. Chuck Anderson, CEO of Waters’ Executive Recruitment Division, said the police chief recruitment demonstrates what can be accomplished when local officials work together with consultants to find people who can bring positive change and healing to communities affected by tragic events.
The slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the police investigation of his death thrust the Central Florida town of Sanford into the spotlight and ultimately led to the departure of its police chief. Waters Consulting worked with Sanford officials to recruit a replacement in a process that it employs for local governments across the country. This time, Anderson said, two elements of that process were given special emphasis: the careful identification of the profile of the ideal candidate and the involvement of the city commissioners, local stakeholders and members of the public.
Anderson said, “This recruitment is a superb example how a city manger, Norton Bonaparte, working with a professional recruiter, Andrea Battle Sims of The Waters Consulting Group, responds successfully to a tragic event and crisis within a community. Mr. Bonaparte and Ms. Sims took careful steps to ensure the development of a candidate profile that included input from the citizens, community leaders and the city commissioners. The result has been a new police chief who will restore confidence in the police department and public safety throughout the community.”
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Ron Carlee was chosen from among three finalists after a national search by Waters.
DALLAS – The Waters Consulting Group Inc., a leader in compensation consulting and executive recruiting for public-sector organizations, today announced the successful completion of an executive recruiting project with the hiring of Ron Carlee as the City Manager of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Carlee was chosen from among three finalists named in a national search conducted by The Waters Consulting Group. Sixty people applied for the position, and five were interviewed.
Chuck Anderson, CEO of Waters’ Executive Recruitment Division, said, “Charlotte is a premier community and city organization with a history of competent governance and professional management. It has been a professional privilege for us to assist the Mayor and Council with this important recruitment.”
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx released a statement saying, “We are fortunate to have had a strong pool of candidates from which to select our next City Manager. In the end, we felt that Ron Carlee would build on the strengths of our great city staff and help Charlotte move forward.”
Carlee holds a doctorate degree in public administration and master’s degree in urban studies, and is an adjunct professor of public policy and public administration at the George Washington University. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the International City/County Management Association. The other finalists were internal candidates: Ron Kimble, Deputy City Manager, and Ruffin Hall, Assistant City Manager.