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Kathy Nesbitt named Executive Director of Department of Personnel and Administration

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


DENVER - Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 — Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today Kathy Nesbitt will be Executive Director of the Department of Personnel and Administration.


Nesbitt is now Director of Human Resources for Kaiser Permanente in Denver. She is an attorney who has more than 14 years of Human Resources and leadership experience.


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


Nesbitt is now a key member of the Kaiser leadership team that provides human resource services to more than 5,000 employees in the health care organization.


"It is essential that the Department of Personnel and Administration support the state's workforce in the most cost-efficient and effective manner," Nesbitt said. "I look forward to helping to ensure the state remains a great place to work."


Nesbitt earlier worked as a staff attorney for Mountain States Employers Counsel and an employment attorney at Qwest Communications. She also worked as a staff attorney at Kaiser before returning later as a human resources leader and counsel.


Nesbitt, a native of Denver, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from Southern University Law Center.