Veteran Hiring Preferences in Local Government
Many Americans engage in public service through military service. The nation invests significant resources in training these individuals in a wide array of skills. Many of these skills translate very well to the kinds of talent local governments desire. Unfortunately, much of that talent fails to get positioned well for local governments except in the public safety field. But the talents our veterans have meet many local government needs. The Center for Urban Innovation and the Center for Organization Research and Design at Arizona State University worked with the Alliance for Innovation to conduct a survey of local government human resource directors of the Alliance’s members jurisdictions. The results of this initial effort appear in the 2019 report. Those results led our team to broaden the partnership to include the National League of Cities and MissionSquare to conduct a representative random survey of almost 600 local government human resource directors from around the US. The results of this much more extensive effort appear in the 2020 report and highlight several unexpected results that suggest many opportunities for local governments to tap the talent present in the veteran population in jobs across the jurisdictions’ service needs well beyond only public safety.