Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the appointment of Richard Alsever as Director of Human Resources. Alsever comes into his new role with eight years of human resource experience behind him, having worked in several managerial and generalist roles. In leading the daily operations of the Human Resources Department, Alsever is responsible for promoting a vision of employee service, departmental collaboration and data driven decision-making.

”Rick’s extensive and diverse background in human resources is bringing fresh and innovative ideas to City Hall. At a time when the culture of work is shifting rapidly, City government must be increasingly nimble and prepared to evolve and adapt as needed,” said Mayor Walsh. “I believe Rick is uniquely qualified to help us navigate our shifting environment while continuing to support our workforce and keep us on course to achieve our vision of growth and opportunity for all.”

As Director of Human Resources (HR), Alsever has direct responsibility for compensation, policy and compliance. He will lead and support deputies through recruiting and transitions, employee relations, as well as benefits and performance development. Alsever will provide guidance to the Manager of Workplace Practices to ensure employee safety and risk management, workers’ compensation and employee grievances and workplace issues are handled with due diligence.

In addition to his role as leader of the City’s HR department, Alsever will serve as the point of contact with union leadership during contract negotiations and act as the City’s representative with regard to all HR related matters.

In his most recent roles, Alsever served as an HR Business Partner with American Electric Power and also as a Human Resources and Payroll Consultant with Pirate Ventures. Alsever received his Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from LeMoyne College, his M.S. in Human Resource Development from Nazareth College and also holds a Professional Human Resources Certificate from the Human Resource Certification Institute.

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