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WE ARE FOCUSED ON SERVICE DELIVERY, SAYS NEW BOARD CHAIRPERSON

It has been five months since the newly sworn in Public Service Board assumed office.
For the commissioners, a good image for the board is key to a good working
atmosphere with measures put in place to retain a good board-public relationship. The
board intends to engage each stakeholder and consult with the Office of the Governor,
the County Assembly and the Public through effective communication.
In an exclusive interview with the chairperson of the Public Service Board, Dr Peter
Kereri, he affirmed the need to support the county workforce in order to improve on the
service delivery.
He said,” The board and the county workforce have a single responsibility and duty
which is to provide service to Mwananchi and should be the focus of us all. Let us strive
to be efficient and effective in service delivery so as to deliver the Governor's manifesto
and promises to Mwananchi. “
Queries on balancing between the retiring work force vis a vis need for recruitment and
availability of resources, Dr Kereri said they have embarked on analyzing the retiring
work force.
“We have a wage bill problem that is far above the required levels and in addressing
retirement of workers it will be our role to try and address the blooming wage bill while
dealing with the retirement of the county employees,” he added.
This starts by working on its internal team work and team spirit amongst the members
and the secretariat. The board has agreed to clear the duties carried over, while
performing those assignments that are time bound. So far, it has established board
committees that will steer the board’s agenda and are in the process of reviewing the
board's strategic plan and charter while working on the work plan for each year.
“It has been almost 5 months since we assumed our roles. We were welcomed with a
clarion call to change the public service mindset and address the pending human
resource issues on time. There were competent officers in place who helped us to move
the board forward with ease,” said Ms. Anne Mwasi.
To help them understand their roles, they were engaged on a one week induction at
the Kenya School of Government. Since they understand their work and the
expectations of the office, they intend to have a few more trainings on specific areas
that affect the work the board does.
She went on to add that the board has prioritized to clear work carried over from the
previous team before taking on new responsibilities. Generally, promotions and
confirmation letters for some staff form the bulk of the work.

In performing the role of recruitment, it advertised for the positions of chief officers and
county executive committee members. In future, it hopes to receive requests for
recruitment of other positions from the departments. It is important to note that the
board’s mandate goes beyond recruitment and will therefore continue with their other
roles.