The City of Spring Hill has hired Richard Stokes--one of Tennessee and the nation’s foremost personnel management and human resources experts in the municipal space--to attract and hire highly qualified new employees as the city gears up to serve an influx of new residents.
Stokes, who has led the Tennessee Personal Management Association and served as the human resources consultant at the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service for more than 30 years, started his new job as Spring Hill’s Human Resources Director Monday.
“Richard’s primary challenge is to attract and hire new talent at a time when Spring Hill’s population and economy are growing quickly,” said City Administrator Pam Caskie. “We are always looking for people with the right skills and experience to serve residents well.”
Stokes’s other assignments will include building employee engagement and training opportunities, and streamlining the city’s overall employee compensation plan.
He replaces Shelley Taylor, who recently became Director of Risk Management for the city.
Stokes’s accomplishments include creating the model personnel policies used by more than half of Tennessee’s cities, and helping to found the Tennessee’s personnel management system of city, county and state employees. He was chosen as president of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources in 2016, after serving as the organization’s U.S. southern region president in 2009.
He grew up in Memphis, Tenn., attended Grinnell College in Iowa and resides in Nashville. Stokes holds a masters in Guidance and Personnel Services from the University of Memphis.