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Meet Director of Human Resources Candidates

City of Peoria invites community to meet the candidates for the open Human Resources position.


The city of Peoria is holding a candidates forum to meet the five candidates for the Director of Human Resources position on Wednesday, May 30  from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Pine Room of City Hall at 8401 W. Monroe Street in Peoria.


The candidates for the Director Human Resources include two current city of Peoria Department of Human Resources employees and three external candidates. Neil E. Bowerman, J.D. from Minneapolis, Minn., Julie Ayers, SPHR, CPM of Chino Valley, Ariz., James E. May of Mesa, and Peoria employees Lyman Locket, SPHR and Roberta J. Kimelton, PhD.


The forum allows the community to ask questions of the candidates. The Director of Human Resources position for the city of Peoria has been vacant since October, 2011 when Wynette Reed resigned as director to join the city of Goodyear as Human Resources Director. Assistant to the City Manager, Claudia Lujan has been acting Interim HR Director until the position is filled.


City of Peoria Human Resources Director Candidates Professional Biographies


J.D. Neil E. Bowerman, J.D.

  • Executive Director, Division of Human Resources, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, Minn. (2009-2011)
  • Field Services Manager, Education Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.  (2008-2009)
  • Mediator, Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, St. Paul, Minn. (2004-2008)
  • Labor/Employee Relations Manager and Counsel, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, Minn. (1999-2004)

Bowerman received his B.A. degree in Personnel/Industrial Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon.


Lyman Locket, SPHR

  • Manager Human Resources, city of Peoria, Peoria, Ariz. (2008 - present)
  • Director Human Resources, Coconino Community College, Flagstaff, Ariz. (2005 – 2008)
  • Managing Partner / HR Consultant, HRS - Human Resources Services, Rochester, Mich. (2003 - 2005)
  • Vice President Human Resources - Distribution Centers & Chief Diversity Officer, K-Mart Corporation, Troy, MI (2000 - 2003)

Locket received B.A. degree in business administration from American Inter-Continental University.


Julie Ayers, SPHR, CPM

  • County Administrator, Yavapai County Government, Prescott, Ariz. (2007 – present)
  • Director of Human Resources and Risk Management, Yavapai County Government, Prescott, Ariz. (2000 –2007)
  • Director of Human Resources, The Peaks Resort & Spa, Telluride, Colorado (1998 – 2000)

Ayer earned her B.S. in Business Management with Human Resources emphasis from Arizona State University in 1993, and is working towards a Masters of Public Administration from Grand Canyon University.


Roberta J. Kimelton

  • Human Resources Manager, City of Peoria, Peoria, Ariz.  (2008 - Present)
  • Principal Consultant/CEO,  RJK GROUP LLC, Winter Haven, Fla. (1989 – Present)
  • Director of Human Resources/Safety, Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc, Wauchula, Fla. (1999 – 2005)
  • Human Resources Generalist, City of Denton, Texas (1989-1992)


Kimelton served as a non-commissioned officer in the army from 1981-1989. She earned a B.A. in Public Administration/Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and a master's of Public Administration from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a PhD in Public Policy/Public Law – College of Public Administration from Walden University, an online university based in Minneapolis, Minn.


James E. May

  • Deputy Human Resources Director, City of Phoenix, Arizona  (2002 - Present)
  • Assistant to the Director/Administrative Services Manager, City of Oakland, Calif. (1998 – 2001)
  • Human Resources Manager ; EEO/Affirmative Action Officer; Human Relations Coordinator, City of Vallejo, Calif. (1991 – 1998)

May earned a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Santa Cruz and master's degree coursework in Public Administration Human Resource Management at California State University, Hayward, Calif.