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Posted on: April 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Bismarck City Commission Names Human Resource Director

BISMARCK, N.D. – Leanne Schmidt, has been selected by the Bismarck City Commission to serve as the Human Resource Director for the City of Bismarck. Schmidt is a graduate of Minot State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration – Management Major, and a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since December 2003, with 30 years of professional experience in all facets of human resource management in both the public and private sectors.


“Leanne Schmidt’s vast experience makes her an ideal candidate to lead Bismarck’s Human Resources Department. She has the skill, talent, and successful track record to lead this important city operation," said Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken. "I'm confident that Leanne’s experience and success will be of great value as Bismarck continues to thrive and grow."


As Human Resources Director, Schmidt is responsible for directing the city’s human resource functions, coordinating policies, activities and staff of the Human Resources (HR) department, ensuring legal compliance and implementation of the organization’s mission and strategy.


“Bismarck prides itself in recruiting and hiring the best employees who are committed to making lives better in our community,” said City Administrator Keith Hunke. “With over 900 full and part-time employees, Leanne’s knowledge and leadership will ensure that we continue to strategically move our organization in the right direction.”


“I look forward to working with the professionals on the Human Resources team during this time of change in the organization,” said Schmidt. “I am also eager to meet city department directors and employees to better understand how the Human Resources department can continue to partner with the city’s departments, helping them to meet their needs, fulfill goals, and carry out the mission set forth by the City Commission,” she added. 


Schmidt will begin April 25, and will replace Human Resource Director, Robert McConnell who announced his forthcoming retirement. 

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