Tulare County Appoints Human Resources & Development Director

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Rhonda Sjostrom as the Human Resources & Development Director.

Sjostrom has worked for Tulare County for more than 26 years, where she has held management positions with the County Administrative Office and Human Resources & Development. Most recently, Sjostrom served as Assistant Human Resources Director since September 2009.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said the Board was pleased to hire an internal candidate out of a pool of 50 applicants.

“Rhonda has been a dedicated employee for 26 years and knows our organization extremely well,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “She is committed to cutting edge improvements within the department to assure it functions at a high level.”

As the Human Resources and Development Director, some of Sjostrom’s duties include: provide overall administrative and program direction in various human resources areas; recommend to the Board of Supervisors and/or County Administrative Office proposed policies, rules and procedures; prepare, present, and administer department budget; manage various employee benefit program; and oversee employee relations functions.

Sjostrom earned a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Fresno in 1983. She will officially start on October 7, 2013 and earn $127,000 annually.

Sjostrom will replace Jeff Cardell, who resigned in July 2013 to take a position with the City of Fresno.