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May 2, 2008

Oswego County Personnel Staff Earn Senior Certification in Human Resources

Members of the County Legislature's Finance and Personnel Committee congratulate two county staff members for earning the senior professionals in human resources certification. From left are legislators Paul Santore, District 16; Fred Beardsley, District 9; Kevin Gardner, District 13; Personnel Specialist Patty Familo, Director of Personnel Maureen Sullivan; committee chairwoman Kim Seager, District 10; John Proud, District 7; and committee vice chairman Michael Kunzwiler, District 18.


Two members of the Oswego County Personnel Department's staff have completed a rigorous program of studies and are now certified as senior professionals in human resources.

Personnel Director Maureen Sullivan, and Personnel Specialist Patricia Familo recently completed a professional accreditation program for human resource managers through the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Sullivan was appointed Director of the Oswego County Personnel Department in 2003. She began her career with Oswego County in the Department of Employment and Training in 1974. Familo has been employed with the Personnel Department for 19 years.

“To become certified, an applicant must pass a comprehensive examination and demonstrate a strong background of professional human resource experience,” said County Legislator Kim Seager, District 10, chairwoman of the Legislature's Finance and Personnel Committee. “Maureen and Patricia were required to demonstrate their knowledge of several program areas that are designed to promote organizational effectiveness and human resources management, including compensation and benefits, employment, placement and personnel planning, employer and labor relations, and health, safety and security of the workforce. Their competence and extensive knowledge of human resources are an asset to County government in managing Oswego County's workforce as well as civil service programs for area municipalities.”

The certification, awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), signifies that Sullivan and Familo possess the knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field.

The County Legislature's Finance and Personnel Committee oversees the Personnel Department. In addition to Legislator Seager, committee members are vice chairman Michael Kunzwiler, District 18; Fred Beardsley, District 9; Daniel Chalifoux, District 19; Kevin Gardner, District 13; Paul Santore, District 16; and John Proud, District 7.

“Certification as a human resource professional clearly demonstrates a commitment to personal excellence and to the human resource profession,” said Susan Meisinger, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management. The organization awards two levels of certification: professional in human resources and senior professional in human resources.

The Human Resource Certification Institute is the credentialing body for human resource professionals and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management, an organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource profession. The institute's purpose is to promote the establishment of professional standards and to recognize professionals who meet those standards.


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