published Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Human resources interviews under way


by Dan Whisenhunt

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said he’s reviewing the resumes of 10 applicants to become Hamilton County’s next human resources director, including one from the chief judicial magistrate.

Coppinger is looking to replace Rebecca Hunter, who became commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Resources for Gov. Bill Haslam.

All 10 applicants work in government jobs and most work for the county. Chief Magistrate Larry Ables also is the nephew by marriage of County Commission Chairman Larry Henry. Henry said he will abstain from voting to approve the hire because of the relationship.

Ables said he’s looking for a change.

“My undergraduate degree is public administration, and I just thought that it would be interesting to pursue something a little different,” Ables said.

Coppinger said it’s possible he will ask some candidates for more in-depth interviews. He said he doesn’t have a timeline for the hire.

“I’m not going to rush to judgment,” he said. “It’s an extremely important position.”

Candidates

  • Larry Ables

  • Domina Alford

  • Donna Garrison

  • Debbie Garvich

  • Angel Geoghagan

  • Leslie Anne Longshore

  • Harry Mansfield

  • Stephanie Penney

  • Rieca Rousseau

  • Starlette Watts

Source: County Mayor’s office

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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