Efficient, Responsive, & Fiscally Sustainable Government Operations
Office of Management & Budget
Franklin County government is known for its leadership and continues to be recognized nationally for sound financial planning and overall management practices. The county maintains the highest long-term bond rating issued by both Moody's Investor Services (Aaa) and Standard & Poor's (AAA) for its general obligation debt. These ratings place Franklin County among the top 2% of counties nationwide. Delaware County is the only other county in Ohio with triple-A bond ratings from Moody's and S&P.
The commissioners’ Human Resources Department continually looks for ways to attract the best possible candidates. Many avenues are explored in this effort from job fairs to local advertising. Recently, through use of a new HR software system, Board of Commissioners positions have been posted on governmentjobs.com. This gives Franklin County greater exposure to candidates nationwide who are seeking public sector employment. The system has also automated our some of our job posting processes, removing the paper process and greatly reducing the time it takes to hire new employees.
In an effort to ensure all areas of county government have professional human resources staff, the commissioners have agreed to provide human resources staff to four other county entities. This shared service has been provided in the past few years and continues to grow. Human resources staff benefit from these agreements also by being exposed to different issues in various work environments.
Franklin County has always offered its employees a competitive benefits package. Recent new programs to improve benefits have been paying a living wage, providing paid family/caregiver leave and signing the Columbus Women’s Commission’s Pay Equity Commitment. The Human Resources Department continues to look for ways to improve benefits and ensure Franklin County remains an employer of choice in Central Ohio.
Applications received in 2017
Persons hired in 2017
Approximate applications for each job posting
Board of Commissioners employees
Benefits & Wellness
The Board of Commissioners administers the Franklin County Cooperative Health Improvement Program which provides a comprehensive benefits program including, medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, dental, vision and life insurance in addition to disability and flexible spending account options. Nearly 6,000 employees from Franklin County, and other governmental agencies such as SWACO, MORPC and Metro Parks, are offered coverage through the cooperative. Pickaway County, the City of Grandview Heights, Prairie and Jefferson townships are also members. The total enrollment is over 14,000 member lives.
The Benefits & Wellness division strives to provide affordable and sustainable health and wellness benefits to members of the cooperative with the ultimate goal of improving the physical and emotional health of our members. ThriveOn is the cooperative’s employee wellness program. Approximately 80% of adult members are engaged in at least one ThriveOn program. After a redesign of ThriveOn’s programming, wellness incentive completion increased from 12% to 71% in 2017, which garnered Franklin County the #2 Healthiest Employer ranking among large employers (500+) at the Healthiest Employer of Central Ohio Awards. This is the county's highest ranking to date, and its third year of being recognized as a Healthiest Employer.
The Purchasing Department oversees county procurement, surplus auction, printing and mail services.
Doing Business in the County
Total amount of purchase orders
Vendors registered to do business with Franklin County
Small & Emerging Business Enterprise Utilization
View the 2017 SEBE Annual Report
SEBEs received POs for 3.95% of PO Volume available
Amount of purchase orders awarded to SEBEs (1.3%)
Pieces of mail processed
Savings by using the county mail room to process pieces
Items copied or printed