DUBUQUE, Iowa – City of Dubuque Human Rights Director Kelly Larson has been named the City’s new development and training manager, a new full-time position in the City’s human resources department. Larson began the new role on Monday, Oct. 4.
The addition of a development and training manager position in the human resources department was approved through the City’s fiscal year 2022 budget process. Larson will report directly to Director of Human Resources Shelley Stickfort and will assess organization-wide developmental needs to drive training initiatives and identify and arrange suitable training solutions for employees. This position will also involve actively searching, creatively designing, and implementing effective methods to not only educate, but to evaluate, enhance, and recognize employee performance.
“Kelly has a record of outstanding service and significant impact in the community and organization,” said City Manager Mike Van Milligen. “In addition to having the skills needed for this new position, Kelly has significant knowledge of the various department roles, the cultural knowledge of the organization historically and today, and the relationships that will be needed to move forward quickly and smoothly in this role.”
Larson has been with the City since 1999. She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a law degree from the University of Iowa. She also holds an Intercultural Professional Certificate from the Intercultural Communication Institute, and is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Her professional background includes serving as an adjunct professor and as Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Department of Human Services and the Social Security Administration.
Organizational Equity Coordinator Collins Eboh will serve as interim human rights director for the City until the human rights director position is filled.
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