Stacy DiChiara was introduced at the Town Council meeting Tuesday as the new human resources director for the Town of Winthrop.
DiChiara was selected from a field of more than 40 candidates for the position. She will have an office at Town Hall and begin in her job October 21.
â€œThe selection committee consisting of town and school officials narrowed the candidates to eight finalists and she came out on top as the preferred recommendation to move forward,â€ said Town Manager James McKenna said.
DiChiara has worked at Tenebraex Corporation for ten years, eight in the capacity as human resources manager. She will be Winthropâ€™s first human resources director and thus will be instrumental in building the operations of the new department.
â€œWe feel sheâ€™s very competent and capable of helping us to build from the ground up a new human resources office for the town and the schools.â€
McKenna said the reason he wanted to create a human resources position because Winthrop is the townâ€™s largest employer, issuing more than 500 W-2 forms a year.
â€œWeâ€™re a mid-size corporation and human resources is an important aspect of town operations in terms of understanding personnel issues, town benefits, union contracts, and procedural issues,â€ said McKenna. â€œStacyâ€™s role will be to make sure that all of the town departments follow process and procedure accurately.â€
DiChiara will oversee a consolidated human resources department for the town and the School Department.
A resident of East Boston who is on the verge of receiving a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Criminal Justice from UMass/Boston, DiChiara said sheâ€™s excited to be a part of Winthrop town government.
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to it,â€ said DiChiara. â€œIâ€™m going to help build the human resources department and make sure the policies and procedures are more consistent across the board. Hopefully Iâ€™m going to to be the face for a lot of employees who may have questions about a lot of different things and take a lot off the town manager and school superintendentâ€™s plate and bring everything in to one department and make things a little bit easier.â€
DiChiara said she did not know that there was such a substantial number of candidates for the new position.
â€œItâ€™s absolutely incredible, like the town manager said, that I made it out on top and itâ€™s a huge honor,â€ she said.