Date: January 16, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

PCSO Human Resources Members Earn Prestigious Certification

Two members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office Human Resources Division have earned certification as human resources professionals while a third has earned renewed certification for an additional 3-year period. The members successfully passed a comprehensive 4-hour examination covering seven categories of human resources expertise administered by the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Additionally, five members successfully completed 10 courses in specific categories of human resources management for the Human Resources Management Certificate Program at the University of South Florida. A sixth member completed a Human Resources Generalist Certificate Program conducted by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Two other members are scheduled to complete the USF Management Certificate requirements this year.

"Achieving these prestigious credentials is solid evidence of the level of professionalism and dedication demonstrated by members of the Sheriff's Office's Human Resources Division," said Colonel Grady Judd, Director of the PCSO's Department of Administration. "Members of the Human Resources Division have set the standard for civilian members of the Sheriff's Office to achieve professional certification in their individual professions. other Sheriff's Office members currently are pursuing professional certifications to further the agency's commitment to professionalism and competency."

Human Resources Director Floyd S. Hulsey earned 3-year certification as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) in May of 2000.  He recently earned re-certification for an additional 3-year period by publishing a book on police recruitment, teaching human resources training courses and attending training seminars. Hulsey has been employed by the Sheriff's Office more than 21 years.  He received his B.S. degree from the University of Florida and his Master's of Public Administration degree from the University of South Florida.

Benefits Manager Rudy Bovier earned her SPHR certification in May 2001 after joining the Sheriff's Office in October 2000.  She has more than 25 years experience in human resources, most recently with the Florida Department of Corrections. She received her B.S. degree from San Jose (California) State University and her MBA degree from Pepperdine University.

Staffing Manager Jennifer Williams earned her Professional of Human Resources (PHR) certification in May 2001 after joining the Sheriff's Office in August 2000. She has human resources experience with private sector employers and with the U.S. Army in Germany. Ms. Williams received her B.A. degree from the University of Miami (Florida).

Certificates in the Human Resources Certificate Program at USF were earned in December 2001 by the following:
Employment Auditor Phyllis McConnell
Career Development Specialist Maureen Goodwin
Staffing Specialist Amy Thompson
Staffing Specialist Melissa Calandros
Benefits Clerk Debbie Wilkey
Executive Secretary Esther Alcide completed the SHRM Generalist Certificate Program.

The Human Resources Division's 21 members conduct the agency's recruiting and staffing programs, benefits programs, and employee relations functions. For more information, contact Director Steve Hulsey at 519-3961.

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