ST. LOUIS – The City of St. Louis finally has a new personnel director after the previous person who held the position retired in December.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Mayor Tishaura Jones has hired Sonya Jenkins-Gray. She is currently the chief human resources officer at CareSTL Health.

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Personnel director is among the most powerful position in city government, and it is crucial in retaining workers and filling vacancies.

Jones said she’s looking forward to working with Jenkins-Gray to help hire more qualified employees to departments across the city.