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01-09-2003

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Executive Department

State House Boston, MA 02133

(617) 725-4000

 

MITT ROMNEY

GOVERNOR

 

KERRY HEALEY

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 9, 2003 CONTACT:

Shawn Feddeman

Nicole St. Peter

(617) 727- 2759

 

ROMNEY NAMES PROFESSIONAL HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Issues new Executive Order designed to curb nepotism

 

Governor Mitt Romney today announced the appointment of Ruth N. Bramson as Director of Human Resources. Romney also issued an Executive Order putting in place so-called "sunshine provisions" requiring new employees to identify family members working in state government.

 

Bramson, of Dover, was most recently Senior Vice President for Human Resources at Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc. At Shaw's, a $4.5 billion, 187-store supermarket chain, Bramson was responsible for servicing the human resources needs for 35,000 employees.

 

Romney said Bramson will work with Cabinet officials to recruit and hire their staffs and advise the Governor on professionalizing the human resources function throughout state government.

 

The move follows the abolition of the position of Chief Secretary. Previously, the chief secretary was the individual in charge of placing political supporters in jobs throughout state government.

 

"Ruth Bramson is a proven professional with a strong set of organizational skills," said Romney. "Many people from all walks of life have expressed an interest in joining our administration. I look to Ruth to help us put together the best team of people to address the challenges ahead."

 

The "sunshine provisions" in Romney's Executive Order require individuals applying for positions within the Executive Branch to disclose in writing the names of all immediate family members as well as people related to immediate family members by marriage who serve as employees or elected officials of the Commonwealth. The information will be available to the public upon request.

 

"People with political connections should not be barred from state employment, but the public needs to be reassured that state employment needs are being filled on the basis of experience and capability. These new sunshine provisions are designed to open up the process," said Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey.

 

Bramson said she was "tremendously honored to be part of the exciting changes taking place in state government under Governor Romney."

 

In 1998, Bramson founded the non-profit organization, Suited for Success, with the mission of helping economically disadvantaged women move from welfare to lives of self-sufficiency for themselves and their children. More than 100 women have benefited from the program since its creation. Bramson continues to serve as Chairman of the Board and President.

 

Bramson holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a master's degree in Organizational Development and Training from Boston University.

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