The Citizen Handbook

Fundamentals of Devolution

Financial & Human Resources

Human Resource Management

Article 235 of the Constitution authorises each county government to establish its own county public service. The public service is those people who work for the county government and its dependent units of government. The County Governments Act, 2012 further defines county public service and stipulates that a secretary lead it.

County Public Service Board

The County Public Service Board establishes and oversees public service for each county. The County Governments Act, 2012 establishes the Board, which is composed of a chairperson, vice chairperson, and appointed members (no less than three and no more than five) and a certified public secretary appointed by the governor and approved by the county assembly. The mandate of the County Public Service Board is to:

   · establish and abolish offices in the county public service;

   · appoint persons to hold or act in county public service offices and confirm appointments;

   · exercise disciplinary control over, and remove, persons holding or acting in those offices;

   · prepare regular public service compliance and performance reports to the county assembly;

   · promote in the county public service the constitutional public service values and principles;

   · advise the county government on its public service human resource management and development;

   · facilitate development of a coherent, integrated planning budgeting for personnel salaries; and

   · make recommendations on county government public service salaries, pensions and gratuities.

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