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Human Resources Director

Jason Hood MBA, JD

Jason Hood has 15 years of experience in the public and private sector as a Human Resources, Employee Relations, and Labor Relations professional. He has held leadership positions in higher education, municipal government, and Fortune 100 companies, as well as non-profit associations. He served as the Senior Director of Labor and Industrial Relations for the Association of Union Contractors, HR/ADA Manager for Wal-mart Stores, Inc., HR/EEO Manager with Tyson Foods, and as the HR Specialist for the City of Decatur, Illinois.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, an MBA from Millikin University Tabor School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wabash College. His affiliations include the Society for Human Resources Management, the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, the National Black MBA Association, the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources.

Jason Hood also serves as the community LGBT Liaison.

Amanda Farthing, Assistant Human Resources Director
Areas of Focus:
•  General oversight of Human Resources operations and activities
•  Staffing and reorganizations
•  Job analysis
•  Compensation and position classification
•  Training and employee development

Larry Krause, Risk Manager
Areas of Focus:
• Workers compensation, work related accidents, and duty injuries
• Safety programs
• Liability and insurance services

Karen Hampton, HR Specialist
Areas of Focus:
• Police and Fire entry-level recruitments
• Promotional testing for Police and Fire Departments
• Employee onboarding and separations
• Benefits administration

Steve Harms, HR Specialist
Areas of Focus:
• Employee training and development
• Information and data management/payroll
• Benefits reconciliation
• Communications Advisory Committee representative

Stacy Rachel, HR Specialist
Areas of Focus:
• Recruitment and selection, NeoGov administration
• Job offers
• Job analysis and job descriptions
 
Lisa Benker, Administrative Assistant
Areas of Focus:
• Front-line customer service and administrative support
• Information requests
• Recording Secretary for the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
• Accounts payable