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Appointment of Judy Banks as Director of Personnel
September 24, 2003




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Position announcement Proposed appointment resolution
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Contact: Randi Blank
(202) 442-9648

Mayor Williams Supports Judy Banks for Director of Personnel

Judy Banks
Judy Banks

(Washington, DC) At his weekly press conference this morning, Mayor Anthony Williams introduced Judy D. Banks as his nominee for Director of Personnel. He also named Carol J. Mitten, MAI, as the new Director of the Office of Property Management.

Ms. Banks has served the District government for more than 28 years, including two terms as Interim Director of Personnel. Prior to rejoining the DC Office of Personnel in 2002, Ms. Banks was the Director of the Office of Pay and Retirement, within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Mayor Williams stated, "I have great confidence in Judy Banks. She has served the District for over 25 years. Of all of those who applied for the job, Judy Banks was clearly the most qualified. We want the best person available for this position and she is the one. She has done an excellent job serving as Interim Director. Her confirmation hearing is scheduled for early November, and any questions concerning her residency will be discussed with the Council at that time."

Ms. Banks is a past president of the Government Finance Officer's Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Judy D. Banks has served the District government in a variety of management positions for more than 28 years. For the past year, she has been the Interim Director of the D.C. Office of Personnel (DCOP), where she served as the primary advisor to the mayor on human resources issues and programs. She oversees a staff of 130 human resources professionals, a budget of more than $14 million, and manages human resources programs that affect all of the District government's employees.

Prior to joining DCOP, Ms. Banks was the Director of the Office of Pay and Retirement Services, an office within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer's (OCFO) Office of Financial Operations and Systems. In this position, Ms. Banks was the primary advisor to the mayor and chief financial officer on pension, payroll and related human resources programs. Prior to serving in the OCFO, Ms. Banks held several positions with the District, including Interim Director of Personnel, Director of the Central Employment Information Center, Associate Director of Personnel for Field Operations, and Associate Director of Personnel for Administration and Finance.

Ms. Banks' accomplishments include her partnership with George Washington University and the Brookings Institute to design a citywide, high-level human resources development program as well as the Certified Public Managers Program, a certification program in public management for mid-level managers.

Ms. Banks is a past president of the Government Finance Officer's Association (GFOA) of the Washington Metropolitan Area and was chairman of the national GFOA's Black Caucus. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Position Announcement 
Director: Office of Personnel

The Government of the District of Columbia is seeking a Director to lead the Office of Personnel. The Director of Personnel is responsible to the Mayor, is a member of the Mayor's Cabinet, and participates in the highest level of policy making. The Director reports to the Deputy Mayor for Operations and is responsible for planning, directing and administering a comprehensive human resources and personnel management program for the District of Columbia Government. The Director oversees recruitment and selection; employee records and certifications; classification, compensation and benefits; testing and validation; training and organizational development; policy related to personnel regulations; performance management; employee/management relations; and human resources information systems (HRIS).

The incumbent has the responsibility and authority to determine policies, establish goals, recommend plans, execute broad programs, commit available resources, and make major decisions in administering a comprehensive personnel program. The Director collaborates with the Deputy Mayor and other senior level government officials on all phases of the refinement of the District of Columbia government's independent merit system. The Director also acts as the chief policy advisor to the Mayor regarding human resources, personnel management and employee development initiatives.

The selected individual must possess extensive knowledge of human resources administration and the principles and practices of modern public merit system administration; expert knowledge of management principles, procedures and techniques; demonstrated skill in public speaking and writing; and knowledge of customer service theory and practices, business process redesign practices, procurement, contract management and oversight, financial management and program evaluation.

This position requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. A master's degree is highly preferred. An extensive human resources management background, either in a municipal, governmental, or large private sector organization is highly recommended. A demonstrated background providing leadership to a diverse group of managers and workforce is necessary. Salary and benefits: $105,963 - $121,067 (negotiable based on experience and qualifications). Full-time residency within the District of Columbia is a requirement and must be accomplished within the first six months of employment. Open until filled.

All applicants should submit a cover letter and resume, which should specifically address the applicant's experience in those areas listed in the qualification criteria, including the size and composition of staff supervised, the size and mix of systems responsible for, and the size of budgets and other significant indicators. Please send all application materials electronically to: Kenyatta L. Uzzell, Executive Recruitment Manager, DC Office of Personnel: Kenyatta.Uzzell@dc.gov.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code section 2-1401.01 et seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

SALARY REDUCTION OF REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: An individual selected for employment in the District Government on or after January 1, 1980, who is receiving an annuity under District government civilian retirement system, shall have his or her pay reduced by the amount of annuity allocable to the period of employment.


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