HR Director Retires

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John C. Martin, City Manager
(650) 991-8127
New Director Appointed

Daly City – Diane L. Cronin, who has served as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Daly City for 21 years, will retire on December 31, 2004. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, and serving three years in the Peace Corps in Kenya, Diane joined the City of Daly City Personnel Department in September of 1978. In 1982, Diane briefly transferred to the Community Service Center, simultaneously holding the positions of Community Service Center Supervisor and Interim Assistant Personnel Director. She was appointed Personnel Officer on November 1, 1983. When the Personnel Department officially became the Department of Human Resources in 1994, she became the Director of Human Resources.

During her quarter century of Human Resources management, she has improved efficiency in many personnel processes while promoting consistency and equity in personnel rules and policies for all employees. As Director, Diane has personally and quietly provided support to employees and their families in times of tragedy or hardship circumstances. She also has played a leadingl role in staffing the City’s labor negotiations over the years. Among her many accomplishments, she oversaw the institution of personnel policies on discriminatory harassment, managed the City’s move to CalPERS-administered health benefits, and oversaw the application of federally mandated Fair Labor Standards to public-sector overtime. She leaves a valuable legacy to Daly City’s employees.

City Manager John C Martin has announced that Anne S. Larsen has been appointed Director of Human Resources effective upon Ms. Cronin’s retirement. The Assistant Director of Human Resources since 1997, she has worked closely with Ms. Cronin since 1985. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she came to Daly City Human Resources to oversee Recruitment and Testing and citywide Training after prior secondary teaching experience and directing CALL-Primrose, a successful outreach program on the Peninsula.

Under her direction, the City has provided three supervisory/management development academies and numerous, yearly policy and skills trainings. She also was instrumental in bringing a computerized applicant tracking and notification process to the City’s employment process. She, too, has been an integral part of labor negotiations for the last fifteen years. A member of the California and National Public Employment Labor Relations Association and the International Personnel Management Association, Larsen brings more than eighteen years of City experience to the position.