County expected to fill vacant position

Ray Osuna

Ray Osuna

After more than a year of waiting, Mohave County has a possible new Human Resources director. Ray Osuna from the Phoenix area was chosen to fill the spot. His approval for the position will go before the Board of Supervisors today.

"Every vacancy within the county is being considered on an individual basis due to our present hiring freeze," County Manager Ron Walker said. "We have considered the vacancy savings in the funding of this position as well as the potential impact to the county by leaving the position open. Our human resources director position has been vacant for quite some time, as we have gone through a thorough search for candidates. We consider this director position to be essential to the continued proper and legal management of our workforce and services."

The former County Human Resource Director, Geoffrey Richs, left in August 2006. Information Technology Director Mike Matthews has been filling in since then.

According to county officials, Osuna has served as the Executive Director of Human Resources for Roosevelt Elementary School District in Phoenix for the last two years. Prior to that he served for three years in the same position at Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista, Calif.

From 1999 to 2002, Osuna served as the deputy personnel director for the City of Phoenix and from 1985 to 1999 as the human resources director for the City of Glendale.

Osuna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and an Associate of Arts degree in Photojournalism from Glendale Community College. He has taken some coursework toward a Master of Public Administration degree from ASU.

If approved by the Board, Osuna will start Dec. 10 at an annual salary of $97,552.