The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 20, 2012
Jerry Brown appoints Department of Human Resources chief

Gov. Jerry Brown today named Julie Chapman director of the California Department of Human Resources, making the long-time labor relations expert the first chief of the newly formed department.

The announcement formally cements an appointment that has been anticipated for months after former Department of Personnel Administration Ron Yank sent out an email blast that she would succeed him. Yank, known for his independent style, didn't clear the email with the governor's office and created a minor stir with the announcement shortly before he left at the end of February.

Chapman took over as acting director of the Personnel Administration, which became CalHR on July 1 when it took over several functions that had been with the State Personnel Board. The department bargains labor contracts and handles all issues pertaining to employee compensation, job classifications, training, exams and recruiting and retaining state workers.

Chapman, 54, also served as the department's duty director of Labor Relations. Her state government career goes back to 1988, when she was an associate personnel services analyst for the Department of Housing and Community Services. She worked in labor relations at the Department of General Services and the Department of Mental Health before coming to DPA in 2000 as a labor relations officer.

Chapman's new post pays $145,008 per year and requires Senate confirmation. She is registered as a no-party-preference voter.

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