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Rebecca R. Hunter

Human Resources

Rebecca Hunter serves on Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources. Prior to this appointment, she spent six years as the Director of Human Resources for Hamilton County Government in Chattanooga and held management positions in governmental finance for over 25 years. Rebecca is a Certified Public Accountant and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

During her tenure with State government, Rebecca has established the Department of Human Resources as a leader in innovative human resources practices, while shaping the best workforce for state government. She led a successful effort to transform the State’s employment practices with the passage of the T.E.A.M. Act, which is moving the State from a focus on seniority to a focus on performance. As a result, all state employees have a S.M.A.R.T. performance plan which aligns their work with the agency goals and the Governor’s priorities.

Rebecca’s commitment to excellence and performance is demonstrated not only in her leadership of the department, but extends to her leadership on various boards and associations. She serves on the board of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, whose mission is to drive organizational excellence in Tennessee. She is a past president of the National Association of State Personnel Executives and the Tennessee Personnel Management Association.

Rebecca is a 2014 graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Tennessee. She also serves on the Tennessee State University College Advisory Board, the board of HealthCare 21 Business Coalition, the board of Hixson Utility District and was appointed by Governor Haslam to the Utilities Management Review Board.

Rebecca strongly believes that continuous improvement, life-long learning and performance excellence are keys to success both personally and professionally.