Nunn named Lexington human resources director

Susan Nunn has been appointed as human resources director. She assumes the duties vacated by Alan Carson when he was appointed as city manager in February 2013.

Nunn said she is excited to begin her new position and wants to contribute to the overall success of the city.

“My philosophy from a human resources perspective is that finance is a big piece, but human resources in an organization is a huge part,” Nunn said. “That is where the value is to me. When supervisors and employees are well-developed and happy in what they are doing it makes for a better organization and contributes to the strategy of the organization. I think overall my focus is to contribute to moving the organizational strategy and vision forward.”

Nunn was born in California but grew up in Atchison, Kan. After graduating from high school, she joined the Army for four years. Nunn was a personnel management specialist during her time in service. After leaving the Army, where she also met her husband, Thomas, Nunn moved to Rowan County where she worked for the Department of Social Services for eight years. Nunn handled income maintenance case work that involved working with clients on Medicaid and with food and nutrition assistance.

Also during that time Nunn enrolled in the Catawba College Life Long Learning Program, which is its evening curriculum for adults who are working full time and are also enrolled in classes. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration, she took a position as a staff development specialist and later as an administrative officer for Cabarrus County. She said that was the point where she moved from working with the public to more involvement on the management side of the spectrum.

“That was my transition into a position that did staff development, which is where I started getting my current experience,” Nunn said. “It was my way to cross over.”

For the past five years, Nunn has served as a human resources analyst. Her contributions included a broad range of personnel management including organizational policy development and administration, facilitating employee orientation and leadership mentoring programs and integrated use of technology.

After 14 years working for Cabarrus County, Nunn assumed her role as human resources director for the City of Lexington. She said she is excited to challenge herself with a new job in a new city.

“I saw the job opportunity and thought it was an advancement opportunity,” Nunn said. “I have always been of the philosophy that if you don’t apply, you don’t know.”

Nunn is pursuing a Master of Science degree in human resources from Western Carolina University, with an expected graduation date of August. She maintains her professional human resources certification and is also a crucial conversations certified trainer, as well as development dimensions international certified facilitator. Nunn is actively involved with national and regional professional associations including the Society of Human Resources Management and the Cabarrus Regional Society of Human Resources Management, where she served as government affairs chairwoman from 2008 to 2010.

Nunn and her husband have a son, Joshua, 25, who is a Navy helicopter pilot based in San Francisco. She said they like to travel, especially to visit their son, as well as cooking, reading and watching movies.

Nunn began her role as human resources director March 12. She has been impressed so far with how city employees work together.

“I have heard the City of Lexington employees are a tight-knit group,” Nunn said. “People have been very open and willing to help. I have been impressed with the management because they have been willing to have some good dialogue. I am also impressed with the progressive nature of leaders. That is the kind of place I want to work.”

Sharon Myers can be reached at 249-3981, ext, 228 or at Follow Sharon on Twitter: @LexDisptachSM

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