DALLAS – The Waters Consulting Group, a leader in Public Sector Executive Recruitment and Web-based Human Resources systems, has been purchased by Springsted Incorporated based in St. Paul Minnesota.

The new subsidiary of Springsted, Waters & Co., executive recruitment staff will join forces with Springsted Incorporated’s existing recruitment practice and focus on public-sector executive recruitment. Waters & Co., through E-Solutions, will continue to offer Web-based Human Resources solutions. Rollie Waters, who will lead both enterprises – Waters & Co, and E-Solutions, indicates that they are in high growth modes and will soon require additional staffing.

Bonnie Matson, a Principal of Springsted Incorporated, said, “This acquisition significantly expands Springsted’s resources and client base in two of the fastest-growing areas of public sector consulting: executive recruitment and web-based HR services. We are very pleased to welcome Waters’ clients and staff to Springsted.”

“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 companies not only strengthens our own firm’s efforts in these two areas, 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.”

Waters will play a key role in leading the new enterprise, Waters & Co. Charles (Chuck) Anderson, Chuck Rohre and Andrea Sims, important senior consultants under the former Waters Consulting Group, will continue to serve in their current roles. Each has expansive executive leadership and recruiting experience in local government.

Continuing with Waters & Co.’s E-Solutions is Management Information Systems Director Shawn M. Wachtel, who will focus on business development, data management, software maintenance and client relations.

Rollie Waters said, “This combination of Springsted and Waters, two key national competitors in executive recruitment and human resources, gives our respective client’s access to an impressive array of services and talented professionals. We look forward to the next chapter in our company’s proud history.”

About Waters & Co.
The newly created Waters & Co. will be an out-of-the-chute leader in public sector executive recruiting. Providing service since 1988, its recruitment staff matches the best executive candidates to an organization’s needs using state-of-the-art metrics and unique, proprietary personality profiling. The new Waters & Co. will expand offerings to include organizational management and improvement services.

Waters & Co.’s E-Solutions provides a suite of online management solutions: CareerNavigator™, CompensationNavigator™, SurveyNavigator™ and PayDesigner™ . These services help organizations audit and maintain the equity, costs and competitiveness of their compensation systems.

About Springsted Incorporated
Springsted Incorporated is a national public sector advisory firm comprised of five Practice Groups: Public Finance, Human Resource Consulting, Fiscal Planning/Operational Finance, Housing and Economic Development, and Springsted Investment Services. With the addition of Waters & Co, the new Springsted Group will have offices in Saint Paul, MN (corporate); Richmond, VA; Milwaukee, WI; Kansas City, MO; Des Moines, IA; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; and now Dallas TX.

The new Springsted Group will remain an independent advisory firm representing only public sector and non-profit entities.

For more information on the new Waters & Co. and The Springsted Group, please go to www.springsted.com or www.waters-company.com for more details and specific professional staff contact information.

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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Company representatives to highlight public-sector executive recruiting offering, compensation consulting services and online Human Resources solutions


DALLAS — The Waters Consulting Group, a leader in compensation consulting and executive recruiting for public-sector organizations, today announced plans to exhibit at the 101st Annual Conference & Exhibition of the Texas Municipal League, which takes place October 8-11 in Austin.

“We’re pleased to be among the exhibitors at the Annual Conference & Exhibition of the Texas Municipal League, an organization we have long supported,” said Waters Consulting Group President Rollie Waters. “We’ll be there to talk about several trends we’re seeing, among them an increase in the number of public-sector organizations seeking compensation consulting.”

Waters said interest in compensation consulting is growing as public-sector organizations and their employees shake off the effects of the recession. While Waters Consulting has experience in a range of pay systems, the firm recently has been retained by two public-sector organizations looking to institute a skills-based pay system. Rollie Waters has long been an advocate of skills-based pay. The fourth edition of his book, The Public Sector’s Guide to Skills-based Pay, is being prepared for release soon.



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Human Resources executives to discuss trends in compensation studies, public-sector executive recruiting and online HR solutions

DALLAS – The Waters Consulting Group, a leader in compensation consulting and executive recruiting for public-sector organizations, today announced plans to exhibit at the 99th Annual Conference of the International City/County Management Association, set for September 22-25 in Boston.

“The ICMA Annual Conference brings together hundreds of city, town and county managers, plenty of whom are familiar with The Waters Consulting Group,” said Waters Consulting Group President Rollie Waters. “We hope to remind this important group of leaders about several trends that we believe should be top of mind today. These include the recent increase in public-sector organizations seeking compensation consulting.”

Waters said he has noticed a significant uptick in interest in compensation consulting as public-sector organizations and their employees shake off the effects of the most recent economic recession. While Waters Consulting has experience in a range of pay systems, the firm recently has been retained by two public-sector organizations looking to institute a skills-based pay system. Rollie Waters has long been an advocate of skills-based pay. The fourth edition of his book, The Public Sector’s Guide to Skills-based Pay, is being prepared for release soon.


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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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Public services consolidation continues around the country with talk of new-found efficiencies and savings to taxpayers. Opponents say the cost savings are overstated, and consolidation only reduces services to residents. One thing on which both sides can agree: With jobs at stake consolidation takes on a human face; and that often makes the decision to move forward more difficult.

Here in North Texas, Aubrey, Krugerville, and Cross Roads have moved past the review stage to negotiating a merger of their police departments and municipal courts. These three North Texas communities have carefully studied the example of several affluent suburbs west of Houston. Bunker Hill Village, Hunters Creek Village, and Piney Point Village in 1977 established the jointly operated Memorial Villages Police Department, while The Village Fire Department serves all of the Memorial villages.

Larger cities are taking service consolidation seriously, too. Youngstown, Ohio, is looking at eliminating one of its three municipal judges and merging its municipal court system with four Mahoning County courts in nearby towns into one body, in the same building. The city says cutting a single judge position will save $200,000 a year, and the combined courts would save several hundred thousand more dollars annually. In Santa Ana, Calif., city officials and labor unions agreed in 2012 to transfer the responsibilities the 128-year-old city fire department to the Orange County Fire Authority.



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Web-based HR solution speeds the collection and distribution of valuable information

DALLAS — The Waters Consulting Group Inc., a leader in compensation consulting and executive recruiting for public-sector organizations, today announced it has been selected by the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County to collect and distribute salary survey data using its proprietary web-based software tool SurveyNavigator.

SurveyNavigator provides instant, reliable access to current pay and benefits information for local government and private-sector positions. By displaying hundreds of relevant job titles, SurveyNavigator helps organizations answer external equity questions regarding their compensation packages. This provides users assurance their salary and benefits packages are competitive within their respective markets, helping them to attract and retain the most-talented employees.

“SurveyNavigator is invaluable for organizations seeking to monitor and refine their pay and benefits packages; and we are pleased to provide it to the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County,” said Waters Consulting Group President Rollie Waters.

Members of the Alabama chamber of commerce will be able to upload their salary data and retrieve aggregate data. The results can be displayed in annual or monthly formats with statistical analysis available by percentiles, minimums and maximums, and mean. The results can be exported into Excel by users for further analysis.



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The Texas City Management Association will hold its Annual Conference June 20-23 in San Marcos.

DALLAS — The Waters Consulting Group Inc., a leader in compensation consulting and executive recruiting for public-sector organizations, today announced it is a Gold Sponsor of the upcoming Annual Conference of the Texas City Management Association.

The Texas City Management Association (TCMA) describes itself as “an organization of local government professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards of governance, service, leadership, ethics, and education while embracing individual and regional diversity for the benefit of our membership and the cities of Texas.” It operates series of committees, publications, training courses, scholarship programs, and events.

Among those events is the TCMA’s Annual Conference, which this year is being held June 20-23 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel, Spa and Conference Center. Waters Consulting is one of 15 organizations serving as a Gold Sponsor, the highest level of support available.



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Waters offers testing materials and financial support to National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

Screen shot 2013-06-12 at 11.17.56 AMDALLAS — The Waters Consulting Group Inc., a leader in compensation consulting and executive recruiting for public-sector organizations, has reaffirmed its support of two programs offered through the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Waters Consulting Group President Rollie Waters recently traveled to the group’s annual conference to address graduates of a mentoring program and present a contribution to an educational fund.

The Executive Leadership Institute of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators is a mentoring program for younger public-sector executives. According to the NFBPA, “The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) was established in 1987 as a program dedicated to grooming African American managers for the rigors of executive positions in public service organizations.”

The group promises, “Applicants will be evaluated in the following areas: education, professional experience, leadership experience, social responsibility and commitment, and writing/analytical ability. Participants in the Executive Leadership Institute attend training sessions scheduled over an eight-month period, starting in September of each year and typically ending in April.”

This year’s ELI graduation was held in Atlanta as part of Forum 2013, the NFBPA’s annual gathering. In addressing the graduates, Rollie Waters told them that he and his company would continue to support the ELI program. A video of his remarks, courtesy of Audio Visual CO-Operative, includes an introduction by Jelynne Burley. Waters presented to Burley a second contribution to the Ulysses G. Ford III Educational Fund. Ford was a longtime member of the NFBPA who succumbed to cancer in 2012. The fund is a celebration of his life.

“We are in the business of executive recruitment, and that means getting to know as many qualified, ambitious professionals as possible,” Waters said later. “That’s partly why we continue to support ELI with access to our CareerNavigator offering. The other part is that it’s so worthwhile.”


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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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