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Hickenlooper Taps Kaiser Exec As Personnel Chief


The HR chief for Kaiser Permanente locally is John Hickenlooper’s choice to succeed Rich Gonzales at the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration.

The full press release follows.

Kathy Nesbitt named Executive Director of Department of Personnel and Administration

DENVER ­— Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 — Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today Kathy Nesbitt will be Executive Director of the Department of Personnel and Administration.

Nesbitt is now Director of Human Resources for Kaiser Permanente in Denver. She is an attorney who has more than 14 years of Human Resources and leadership experience.

“Kathy is a true human resources professional whose experience includes negotiating, labor relations and workers compensation,” Hickenlooper said. “She shares our commitment to providing outstanding customer service and we are pleased to have her as part of our team.”

Nesbitt is now a key member of the Kaiser leadership team that provides human resource services to more than 5,000 employees in the health care organization.

“It is essential that the Department of Personnel and Administration support the state’s workforce in the most cost-efficient and effective manner,” Nesbitt said. “I look forward to helping to ensure the state remains a great place to work.”

Nesbitt earlier worked as a staff attorney for Mountain States Employers Counsel and an employment attorney at Qwest Communications. She also worked as a staff attorney at Kaiser before returning later as a human resources leader and counsel.

Nesbitt, a native of Denver, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from Southern University Law Center.


About the Department of Personnel and Administration

The Department provides centralized human resources for the state’s approximately 38,000 employees, as well as the information, tools, resources and materials needed for Colorado state government to function. The Department provides much of the infrastructure to support the operations of state government agencies and departments. Led by its executive office, the Department operates through five divisions: Finance and Procurement, Central Services, Human Resources, Office of the State Controller, and Office of Administrative Courts.

About Partners for Colorado

Partners for Colorado is organized as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation created to engage a diverse group of people from all over Colorado; ensure a smooth hand-off from the Ritter administration to the Hickenlooper administration; review the current performance, challenges and opportunities of each major area of state government and develop recommendations for improving practices within these areas; provide recommendations to the incoming administration for specific executive and legislative actions that can be pursued during the administration’s first 100 days; and recruit and evaluate candidates.

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