Human Resources

With more than 240 full-time employees, 400 seasonal and part-time employees, the CIty of Watertown is staffed to provide exceptional and efficient services, programs and events for our residents.
The Human Resources Department emphasizes providing quality customer service to all employees and the general public for all needs in areas of; employment, recruiting, hiring and selection, benefits, compensation, training and development, labor relations, employee relations, labor negotiation, worker's compensation and unemployment.  Our HR team understands that we all work together to add quality of life, and is guided to the city's values and strategic plan.

Risk Management

The goal of risk management within the City of Watertown is the efficient minimization of potential risk relative to property, business interruption, liability, and personnel.  Risk planning is the development of a strategy and methods for identifying and tracking root causes, developing mitigation plans, performing ongoing risk assessments and assigning resources, whereby if steps are not taken to reduce to mitigate the risk, the consequences could range from minor to severe.


The HR team manages the Risk Management:

  • Administers the City's Worker's Compensation, General Liability and Auto Liability programs
  • Coordinates the Employee Safety and Loss Control Programs
  • Serves as a resource to city divisions and departments on issues of loss prevention and control


All risk management claims involving personnel with the CIty of Watertown, SD are handled by Human Resources.  Risk management claim forms are available by contacting Human Resources.

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