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CEO Names New Human Resources Director

County Executive Office - Press Release

May 24, 2004

Contact: Diane Thomas-Plunk

CEO Names New Human Resources Director

(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer James Ruth today appointed Marcel Turner as Human Resources Director for the County of Orange. The appointment is effective June 14.

Turner has been director of Human Resources for San Bernardino County since 2001. His responsibilities included risk management, employment, labor/employee relations, benefits, Equal Employment Opportunity, classification, commuter services and the Performance Education and Resource Centers. He had previously been personnel director for St. Louis County, MO. Turner has 33 years of experience that include employment in both the public and private sectors.

He spent 19 years with General Telephone and Electric where he held several Human Resources positions including serving as the worldwide HR director for Europe and Latin America.

Ruth said that his primary expectation of Turner is to re-focus the County’s HR Department on its core businesses of training, recruitment, retention and customer service to the department’s County clients. The County employs a workforce of more than 17,000 people.

“Mr. Turner has the background and the right combination of experience and personal traits needed to be successful in this position,” said Ruth. “He has a balance of technical expertise and people skills that will aid him in transitioning quickly into the HR Director’s responsibilities. Mr. Turner’s wide-ranging background is highlighted by his knowledge of domestic, international, private and public sector human resources. He will be a great fit for this job and a tremendous asset to this organization.”

The new HR Director obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in personnel and labor relations from the University of Maryland. He received a masters in business administration, operational management, from Northrop University in Inglewood. Turner also holds certificates in employee relations law from the Institute of Applied Law and in public pension plan polity from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. He is certified by the International Personnel Management Association.