Human Resources Director, Ruth Blessing, oversees and directs the operations of the city’s human resources department. The position’s responsibility includes staff supervision, safety/risk management, reviewing policy and procedures, overseeing human resources processes, budgets, evaluating and reporting. Blessing has more than 17 years of consulting, process improvement, internal audit and accounting in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience working with policy creation and implementation, process analysis and improvement, recruitment and retention, leadership development, financial accounting, budgeting and forecasts and federal grants. Prior to joining the City in 2017, Blessing spent seven years in Atlanta, Ga. with Ernst & Young, LLP in their Business Risk Services and Resource & Production Management divisions and seven years in Auburn, Ala. with Himmelwright, Huguley & Boles, LLC. Blessing maintains a CPA certification and holds degrees in Accounting from Bob Jones University and Auburn University.