Greetings From Your New Director of Employee Relations

greetings-from-your-new-director-of-employee-relations-kelly-sweeneyHere I was, happily retired, enjoying being lazy. Well, that’s not really true; I’m definitely a Type A personality, always looking for something to do. Crazy thing about instant messenger on Facebook — I got a message from the PPA. Hmm? Turns out they didn’t have my phone number, but they tracked me down! And that is how I came to the LVPPA in October 2015. As many of you know, I formerly held the position of director of labor relations with Metro. I was with the Office of Labor Relations for nearly 14 years, serving as a senior analyst, a manager and then director. In addition, I served as a trustee on the LVMPD Employee Health and Welfare Trust until my retirement.

Prior to coming to Metro in 2001, I served with the State of Nevada for 15 years in Human Resources and Employee Relations, working for the Department of Personnel, formerly the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety (Nevada Highway Patrol, Parole and Probation, and Division of Investigations), and finally as the Personnel Manager for the Department of Business and Industry. In this position, I was responsible for resolving employee grievances and discipline issues for 20 agencies and over 600 employees statewide.

While I was working, I was also involved with the International Public Management Association (IPMA) locally in Southern Nevada, where I was the treasurer for three years. I also hold the Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP) certification.

My husband, Dan, is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway, and is happy for me that I am out of the house again on a regular basis! I have one daughter, Olivia, who recently graduated from UNR as a civil engineer, and is off living on her own. I travel as my main source of fun, but I also love to cook and drink wine! I consider myself a “foodie” and am always looking for a new spot to try.

I enjoy employee and labor work, and am truly delighted to be a part of the LVPPA. I am looking forward to bringing my talents to the team and helping in any way I can.