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Kathy Nesbitt, Executive Director

Date appointed: January 11, 2011

Senate Committee hearing date: January 24, 2011

Senate Committee Hearing vote: Passed Committee vote - Unanimously favorable recommendation

Senate vote date: February 8, 2011

Senate vote: Confirmed - 32-0-3

Salary: $146,040


"Kathy is a true human resources professional whose experience includes negotiating, labor relations and workers compensation,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “She shares our commitment to providing outstanding customer service and we are pleased to have her as part of our team."


Kathy Nesbitt was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in January 2011 as the Director of Personnel for the State of Colorado and Executive Director of the Department of Personnel & Administration to administer the rules that govern the State’s more than 33,000 classified employees. Nesbitt oversees five divisions: Human Resources; Central Services; Finance and Procurement; the State Controller’s Office; and Administrative Courts and programs including the State Architect’s Office, State Archives and the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program.


Nesbitt worked with the General Assembly and state employees on a statewide ballot initiative to help pass the first significant change to the personnel system in 92 years. Nesbitt has introduced efficiencies and technologies to improve the $8 billion annual procurement program while saving roughly $7 million a year and will replace the 20-year-old financial reporting system that processes $28.8 billion annually. Nesbitt conducted the first employee engagement survey, has enhanced training and development and launched a wellness program for state employees. She also oversees the master plan for all facilities.


Nesbitt spent the majority of her career as a labor and employment attorney. Previously she was the Human Resources Director and Interim Vice President of Human Resources for Kaiser Permanente’s Colorado Region and Staff Attorney at Mountain States Employers Council and at Qwest Communications.


Nesbitt was named 2010 Denver Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40,” a board member of the Children’s Museum of Colorado, and serves on the State of Colorado’s Claims Board and Correctional Industries’ Advisory Board.


Nesbitt earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from Southern University Law Center. She is married and the mother of two young boys.