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May 21st, 2008
Kyle hires HR director

Sandra Duran becomes Kyle\'s first human resources director.STAFF REPORT

KYLE – City Manager Tom Mattis has completed a round of administrative hires by bringing in Sandra Duran as the city’s first human resources director.

Duran will be responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of Kyle’s employee relations, including the hiring, training and retention of city staff and crews.

“As the size of our City continues to grow, we also have to continue to expand our support operations to be sure that the employees serving our citizens are properly recruited, hired, trained, compensated, and retained,” Mattis said. “Sandra has a broad and diverse range of experiences specific to our needs here in Kyle and I’m excited to have her become part of our staff.”

As Kyle voters approved civil service rules for their police department on May 10, Duran is likely to administer that program. Mattis said the human resources director for a city typically fills that role.

The city will appoint a three-member civil service commission on July 11. The commissioners are required by state law to have lived in the city for three years, but they can’t have held public office for the last three years. The full implementation of civil service is scheduled for Oct. 11.

Duran has eight years of experience in the private sector, most recently with a multi-national business operation spanning many countries.

“I love Kyle and I think Kyle is full of opportunity for everyone,” Duran said. “There will be new jobs created as we grow, attracting a diverse and talented workforce.”

Kyle has tried to maintain its city services during the last ten years of dramatic growth. The city has grown about seven-fold in the last the last ten years.

The human resources director is the latest professional staff added to a team that now includes an assistant city manager and city secretary as well as directors of planning, finance, parks and recreation, public works, and communications.

“My goal is to use Kyle’s great attributes to attract the most qualified personnel for the city and retain our most dedicated employees by providing them the right tools through training, development, career opportunities and recognition,” Duran said. “By doing this, we can maintain a staff that inspires to serve public with excellent service and great attitude.”

Duran is no stranger to the area. She has a home in Martindale where she and her husband, Freddy, raise their two boys, Dylan (5) and Devan (7).

“I am really proud of the team we’ve been able to assemble here is Kyle,” Mattis said. “Sandra’s experience and enthusiasm will be a great addition to our team and community.”

Kyle is the fifth fastest growing city in Texas with a population approaching 30,000. Just ten years ago the population was well below 5,000. The city’s growth has attracted numerous new businesses, including RSI, Inc. and HEB Plus. Construction is underway for a million square feet of retail space that will also include a 210-bed Seton Hospital and professional buildings. In 2007, the Austin and San Antonio Business Journals recognized Kyle as the Number One Hot Spot in Austin/San Antonio Corridor.

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