Friday, April 18, 2014 9:52 PM
Published on: Thursday, August 29, 2013
By Holden Wilen
ROCKVILLE – More than a year after Carlos Vargas’ resignation as the city’s human resources director, City Manager Barbara Matthews has named Karen Marshall to take over the position.
Vargas’ resignation followed a series of reports by the Sentinel in which city employees claimed they were victims of racism and discrimination by supervisors. The city wound up paying $190,000 for Saul Ewing LLP to conduct an investigation, but the report has been sealed by Matthews and City Attorney Debra Yerg Daniel.
"I am pleased to make this announcement," Matthews said. "Karen is an excellent fit for the city of Rockville and its human resources needs. Her extensive, broad based and high level human resources management experience and strong customer service orientation will serve the organization well, both immediately and into the future."
Councilman Mark Pierzchala said the hire is great news for the city.
“I am very happy about it,” Pierzchala said. “(Matthews) did a great job of going through the process and picking someone. She had a lot of qualified candidates to look through and she picked the person she thought would be best for the job.”
Marshall is the currently the human resources director in Fort Worth, Texas, where she has served since 2004. She will officially start her job in Rockville on Oct. 1.
"It's great to have an opportunity to work for a progressive organization such as the city of Rockville,” Marshall said. “I look forward to joining the executive team and providing leadership to the city's human resources department."
Marshall said Rockville is exactly the type of place she wants to live and work. Personally, she is looking forward to living in a place where she can experience all four seasons, rather than the typical dry weather of northeast Texas. Professionally, Marshall said she is excited to work for an organization that is trying to move forward and is open to finding solutions.
“I already have had to deal with similar issues and come up with solutions before,” Marshall said. “I think it is a good fit.”
As human resources director Marshall’s specific duties will include implementing new policies and initiating a compensation and class study, Matthews said. She will also be instrumental in the review and implementation of a human resources information system.
Councilwoman Bridget Donnell Newton said she is happy Matthews named a new HR director and is looking forward to working with her.
“It is an exciting day,” Newton said. “I look forward to meeting (Marshall) and implementing new procedures and policies as we continue to move forward.”
Posted By: Catlin Fox On: 9/20/2013
So the city goes a year and several months without a HR director and the new hire comes with more baggage. No wonder the city is so messed up.
Well done Barb!
Posted By: Kurt Morey On: 9/17/2013
Title: ha ha la la la
Well it sure looks like the new hire meets the city requirement for bringing baggage. The city continues to seems to scrape the bottom of the barrel for new hires. Nothing like continuing the low city standards.
How much longer will the Mayor and Council allow this to continue? If any of these managers worked in private industry they would be fired. How can the city heal when the people hired appear to be.clones of the ones who have leff?
I feel sorryfor the employees in the city who continue to work with no hope in sight.