Human Resource Essentials for Public Works Professionals

The Human Resource Essentials for Public Works Professionals course will not be offered in 2024-2025. The next offering of this course will be in 2025-2026.

To be notified when registration opens for the 2025-2026 HR Essentials course, email us

HR Essentials for Public Works Professionals equips participants with skills needed to meet the challenges of managing personnel, employee contracts, and performance measurement. 

Topics Covered

  • Foundations of human resource management in the public sector
  • Authority in public sector employee relations
  • Developing employees and measuring performance
  • Effective discipline and workplace investigations
  • Administering the public works contract
  • Other topics identified by program participants

Target Audience

Supervisors, superintendents, managers/directors or any other public works professionals whose job responsibilities include conflict resolution, personnel management and employee development.


The course meets once a month September - April excluding December and plus a May graduation event.

Lead Instructor

Wally Wysopal is a professional local government manager with nearly 30 years of experience; he is currently City Manager for the City of Fridley. Wally is the former Chair of the Board of Government Training Services and is Chair of the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and Chair of the Metropolitan Area Manager's Association Labor Relations Committee. He earned a Certificate of Advanced Public Administration from Hamline University, a Master of Arts in Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He teaches Public Sector HR Management, Labor Relations and Local Government Management courses in the Hamline degree programs, and three certificate courses including the Public Works Leadership Academy and Human Resources Essentials for Public Works Professionals.


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