Melissa Hasty Taylor, the director of human resources for Salisbury, has been named the director of human resources for the city of Winston-Salem. Taylor, who succeeds William Hill, will start Jan. 28. Hill retired June 30, 2007.
Taylor was hired after an extensive search, said City Manager Lee Garrity. "Melissa Taylor was clearly the best candidate for us," Garrity said. "She has compiled an impressive record of accomplishments while working for both large and mid-size municipalities in North Carolina. Her abilities will be a great asset for our city."
Taylor began her Human Resources career at N.C. Memorial Hospital in 1977. In 1979 she joined the city of Charlotte as a personnel assistant and was named manager of employee relations in 1981. In 1992, she became the director of human resources for Salisbury, where she designed and implemented an employee assistance program, an employee wellness program, and a fire services pay plan. She implemented a 401k plan for employees, redesigned the group life insurance benefit, and designed and facilitated a process that allowed the citizens of Salisbury to have a say in the selection of a new police chief.
Taylor said, "I’m honored and it’s a privilege to have been selected for this position. I’d like to help make the city of Winston-Salem a better workplace and also, to help make it an employer of choice for the area."
Taylor, 55, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a member of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and the Society for Human Resource Management. She is married to David Taylor, the chief of the High Point Fire Department. They have five grown children. Her annual salary will be $110,000.
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