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The city of Peoria is holding a candidates forum to meet the five candidates for
the Director of Human Resources position on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:00 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. in the Pine Room of City Hall at 8401 W. Monroe Street in Peoria.
Meet Director of Human Resources Candidates
City of Peoria invites community to meet the candidates for the open Human Resources position.
candidates for the Director Human Resources include two current city of Peoria
Department of Human Resources employees and three external candidates. Neil E.
Bowerman, J.D. from Minneapolis, Minn., Julie Ayers, SPHR, CPM of Chino Valley,
Ariz., James E. May of Mesa, and Peoria employees Lyman Locket, SPHR and Roberta
J. Kimelton, PhD.
allows the community to ask questions of the candidates. The Director of Human
Resources position for the city of Peoria has been vacant since October, 2011
when Wynette Reed resigned as director to join the city of Goodyear as Human
Resources Director. Assistant to the City Manager, Claudia Lujan has been acting
Interim HR Director until the position is filled.
City of Peoria Human Resources Director Candidates Professional Biographies
J.D. Neil E. Bowerman, J.D.
Executive Director, Division of Human Resources, Minneapolis Public Schools,
Minneapolis, Minn. (2009-2011)
Field Services Manager, Education Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn. (2008-2009)
Mediator, Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, St. Paul, Minn. (2004-2008)
Labor/Employee Relations Manager and Counsel, Minneapolis Public Schools,
Minneapolis, Minn. (1999-2004)
received his B.A. degree in Personnel/Industrial Psychology and Philosophy from
the University of Minnesota and his law degree from the University of Oregon
School of Law in Eugene, Oregon.
Lyman Locket, SPHR
Manager Human Resources, city of Peoria, Peoria, Ariz. (2008 - present)
Director Human Resources, Coconino Community College, Flagstaff, Ariz. (2005 –
Managing Partner / HR Consultant, HRS - Human Resources Services, Rochester,
Mich. (2003 - 2005)
Vice President Human Resources - Distribution Centers & Chief Diversity
Officer, K-Mart Corporation, Troy, MI (2000 - 2003)
received B.A. degree in business administration from American Inter-Continental
Julie Ayers, SPHR, CPM
County Administrator, Yavapai County Government, Prescott, Ariz. (2007 –
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management, Yavapai County Government,
Prescott, Ariz. (2000 –2007)
Director of Human Resources, The Peaks Resort & Spa, Telluride, Colorado (1998
earned her B.S. in Business Management with Human Resources emphasis from
Arizona State University in 1993, and is working towards a Masters of Public
Administration from Grand Canyon University.
Roberta J. Kimelton
Human Resources Manager, City of Peoria, Peoria, Ariz. (2008 - Present)
Principal Consultant/CEO, RJK GROUP LLC, Winter Haven, Fla. (1989 – Present)
Director of Human Resources/Safety, Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc,
Wauchula, Fla. (1999 – 2005)
Human Resources Generalist, City of Denton, Texas (1989-1992)
served as a non-commissioned officer in the army from 1981-1989. She earned a
B.A. in Public Administration/Political Science from Bowling Green State
University in Bowling Green, Ohio and a master's of Public Administration from
the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a PhD in Public
Policy/Public Law – College of Public Administration from Walden University, an
online university based in Minneapolis, Minn.
James E. May
Deputy Human Resources Director, City of Phoenix, Arizona (2002 - Present)
Assistant to the Director/Administrative Services Manager, City of Oakland,
Calif. (1998 – 2001)
Human Resources Manager ; EEO/Affirmative Action Officer; Human Relations
Coordinator, City of Vallejo, Calif. (1991 – 1998)
earned a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Santa Cruz and
master's degree coursework in Public Administration Human Resource Management at
California State University, Hayward, Calif.