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A Seat at the Table: HR’s Role in the Hon. Mitch Landrieu’s Mayoral Transition
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In February 2010, HRMA-New Orleans was asked by the Transition Team for the newly-elected Mayor Mitch Landrieu to help set up an initiative to recruit, evaluate, select, and onboard candidates for approximately 250 Civil Service positions for the City of New Orleans in less than 12 weeks. It was important to identify world-class talent for city management, and to ensure a seamless transition to minimize interruption of city services. HRMA volunteers provided guidance to Transition Team leaders on an independent, nonpolitical basis regarding HR issues, and also recommended that the Transition Team secure paid, professional HR expertise to meet their needs. As a result, the Transition Team was able to collect over 1500 applications from a diverse pool of qualified candidates, and identify a large number of the 250 appointed positions in time for the Inauguration on May 3, 2010. HRMA-New Orleans is truly becoming recognized in our community as a valuable organization that is willing, able, and eager to contribute to the well-being of our city, our people, our business community, and our bright future.

The Human Resources Management Association of Greater New Orleans won a 2010 Pinnacle Award for this initiative.

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