Gov. Hickenlooper announces transition in Department of Personnel & Administration
DENVER — Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that Kathy Nesbitt, executive director of the Department of Personnel & Administration and personnel director for the State of Colorado since January 2011, will move to the University of Colorado as vice president of employee and information systems in January 2015.
“Kathy came to the State determined to leave it better than she found it, and she has certainly accomplished that,” said Hickenlooper. “Her determination to do the right thing for State employees is rivaled only by her boundless energy. We know she will do great things for the University of Colorado and its employees.”
Nesbitt is responsible for the efficient and effective management of four divisions: Human Resources; Central Services, including the fleet, printing operations, mail delivery and document scanning; the Office of the State Controller, including the State Purchasing Office; and Administrative Courts. She also oversees statewide programs, including the State Architect’s Office, State Archives and the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program. She creates and administers the rules that govern the State’s 33,000+ classified employees, as well as their compensation and benefits.
“I am extraordinarily grateful to have had the opportunity to work for the State as part of the Hickenlooper administration,” said Nesbitt. “In public service, there is always more to do, but I’m proud of the many things we accomplished and will carry those experiences with me forever. I look forward to bringing that knowledge with me as I partner with the University of Colorado’s board of regents and its employees in this next stage of my career.”
Nesbitt was named a “2013 Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine and received the National Association of State Personnel Executives’ 2013 Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Leadership Award for her work to craft and pass a Constitutional amendment to reform the State personnel system. The General Assembly gave her a standing ovation during Hickenlooper’s 2013 State of the State address for this body of work. During her tenure, Nesbitt also created the State’s first employee wellness program and oversaw the replacement of the State’s 23-year-old financial system with a state-of-the-art, integrated financial system that manages $29 billion in financial transactions annually. Nesbitt is also the vice president for the National Association of State Chief Administrators.
A search for a replacement is underway in the Governor’s Office.