Niles hires human resources director

NILES — The city has hired Dawn Slusher to fill the new position of director of human resources, according to Mayor Steve Mientkiewicz.

Slusher will oversee daily human resource issues, the hiring and firing of city employees, some labor relations, the maintenance of personnel files, workers’ compensation issues and drug screening, among other things, said Mientkiewicz.

She will be paid $45,000 annually.

“We never had an HR department,” Mientkiewicz said. He said the position takes pressure off the administration, the law director and the auditor’s office.

Mientkiewicz said the position was created by city council in January.