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Archived News Release from 2011

For Immediate Release

City Hires Human Resources Director

Redwood City, CA - July 19, 2011 - Redwood City announced today the hiring of Ms. Rebecca Burnside as the City’s Human Resources Director. Ms. Burnside was most recently Director of Human Resources/Risk Management for the City of Foster City, and brings with her a great deal of experience in the wide-ranging field of municipal Human Resources. She will start work in Redwood City on August 22, 2011 at an annual salary of $179,724. Ms. Burnside fills the Human Resources Director position which was vacated by City Manager Bob Bell upon his appointment to the City’s top job.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Rebecca to Redwood City – I know she’ll excel as a crucial member of our executive team,” said City Manager Bob Bell. “Rebecca offers Redwood City a wide range of experience and success in every aspect of the human resources function, and a great combination of skills, talent, and knowledge.”

In addition to over 15 years of experience in both human resources and the legal field, Ms. Burnside holds law degree from Tulane Law School, and a B.S. in General Management / Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.

“Redwood City is a great fit for me,” said Ms. Burnside. “This organization thrives on creativity, integrity, and excellent service – and the employee community is one of the best on the Peninsula. I’m truly looking forward to being a part of this City as it continues to move forward and bring excellent services to its community.”

Redwood City’s Human Resources Department prides itself in providing services consistent with Redwood City’s values. Its core products and services include recruitment, organization and employee development, benefits administration, worker’s compensation, performance management, and personnel systems management, among other functions. The department has shown great success over the years, utilizing strategies such as a reliance on partner-based relationships both within and outside the organization, a significant focus and attention to service delivery, increased use of technology as a means of service delivery, and ongoing evaluation of its “bottom-line” contributions to Redwood City organization.

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Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager


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