New human resources manager hired in Aberdeen

Tumwater Human Resources Program Manager Debbie Lund has been selected by Mayor Bill Simpson and the Personnel Committee of the Aberdeen City Council to replace Linda Hein, who holds the same position in Aberdeen.

Though the mayor can simply appoint her and let the council know of his choice, the unusual step of gaining prior personnel committee approval was taken to ensure Lund is also awarded 10 years experience in terms of vacation accrual since she has worked for Tumwater for 17 years, City Attorney Eric Nelson said. Her salary, in the mid-range, or Step 3, will be $79,224 per year, according to Finance Director Kathryn Skolrood.

Lund’s hire was approved by City Council on Wednesday night.

Her predecessor, Hein, who has been in the position for nine years, was saluteded by the mayor for organizing and running the personnel department well. Aberdeen has 167 full-time employees, Hein said.

Lund faces the challenge of helping to negotiate contracts of key city personnel since the contracts of firefighters, police, police administrators, and unionized municipal employees all expire at the same time at the end of this year, Skolrood confirmed.

Negotiations could start as early as July, so “she has a whole month to settle in,” she said.