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Human resources veteran hired as Frankfort’s first-ever HR director

Frankfort, Ind. – Experienced human resources veteran Jack Dodd will become the first human resources director in the City’s history when he joins the City team Monday, February 13.

According to Mayor Chris McBarnes, Dodd was selected from a pool of 30 candidates narrowed down to three finalists.

“We were pleased to receive so many interested applicants for this opening and even more gratified to learn the high caliber of those motivated to work for our team and on behalf of our employees,” McBarnes said. “Jack quickly rose to the top of this group. His deep and broad human resources experience will be invaluable as he helps oversee all HR-related matters for both the City and our utilities. We are thrilled to welcome him on board.”

A Kokomo, Indiana native and U.S. Army veteran, Dodd previously served as human resources director for Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana. He also served as HR director for the City of Kokomo and the City of Yuma, Arizona.

“With my background in municipalities and wanting to be closer to home, I was extremely interested in pursuing this opportunity in Frankfort. After talking with the Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets and City Councilor Wanda Mitchell, I was even more interested in the position.

“I am looking forward to meeting City employees so they can get to know me and giving me a chance to know them. I also will be setting up a structure to ensure compliance with state and federal mandates. These requirements are ever-changing, so it’s very important to stay on top of such issues as overtime regulations,” Dodd said.

Reporting directly to Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets, Dodd plans to meet with City leaders in addition to employees to learn what they believe is needed from his new position.

“I have a true open door philosophy. If officials or employees have an issue they want to know more about, I will be their resource. I am retired military, so I firmly believe in chain of command. When an employee comes to me with a situation, my first question typically is ‘have you talked with your supervisor?’ and then we go from there,” Dodd explained. “I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”

According to Sheets, she is very excited to have Dodd and his expertise as part of the City’s team.

“With many employees and the constantly changing human resources environment, we have needed an HR professional for a long time. Jack’s extensive background with municipalities will be key because there is a significant difference in what is required between the public and private sectors. His knowledge of benefits and serving as a valuable resource our staff can go to with questions will be extremely helpful for our entire employee base,” Sheets said.

City Councilor Wanda Mitchell served as the Council’s representative on the selection committee for the HR director position.

“Jack’s wealth of experience in all areas of human resources, including benefits and personnel relations and his desire to bring knowledge and consistency to the role matches with our goal of always doing the right thing regarding our employees. Previously, no one on staff had the expertise needed regarding employment law. Now, we will have an experienced, in-house resource to benefit our employees; what a huge step forward.

“Our selection process to fill this critically important role was very successful. Our final three candidates were each outstanding in their own way, so it was a good problem facing our selection team,” Mitchell said. “We are so pleased to have Jack joining our City team and look forward to all the progress his skills and knowledge will provide.”

Dodd earned his designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the international and national Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). He previously was elected vice president and president of the Indiana Municipal Personnel Administrators for Cities and Towns (IMPACT).

Dodd also earned the designations of International Public Management Association Certified Professional (IPMA-CP) and became a Certified Labor Relations Professional.

Dodd’s office will be located on the first floor across the hall from the Clerk-Treasurer’s office in the newly-renovated Old Stoney.

He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons and four grandsons.