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Milwaukie's new HR director up for challenges

Gary Rebello begins background in updating policies, AFSCME contracts


Gary Rebello has been hired as director of human resources for the city of Milwaukie.

Rebello, a 61-year-old resident of Lake Oswego, is charged with supervising employee training, relations and development, including classification, compensation, employee benefits, recruitment, labor-union relations, organizational effectiveness, policies and worker’s compensation. He was scheduled to be introduced to City Council this week; he started Oct. 15.

Milwaukie’s former HR Director Cynthia Trosino had to help mediate discussion between the city and police union over contract negotiations that were appealed to the state last year. Before taking a job at Multnomah County, Trosino went on to have to rehire a fired police sergeant, help get a state labor practice complaint dismissed and negotiate the current police contract without much trouble.

Rebello will have to start negotiating a new AFSCME contract at the end of the year so that he hopes it will be ratified by its expiration June 30, 2013.

Since April 2011 Rebello was human resources manager for Marion County, where he served on the Health Insurance Study Committee and negotiated five contracts. He made about $86,500 annually at Marion County, and his starting salary in Milwaukie is $93,744. Rebello likes that Milwaukie has a really involved citizenry that’s motivated to tackle big issues such as light rail.

“Health insurance is another big issue for all municipalities, and we’re going to continue to have to look at ways to control costs there,” he said. “I’ll try to make sure that we get the best bang for our buck and try to make sure that we’re developing a Milwaukie workforce that’s up for the challenges.”

He said City Manager Bill Monahan was excited to hire an HR director with both private and public-sector experience.

He had been vice president of human resources for LaCrosse Footwear Inc. for 2005 to 2011 and for Mentor Graphics Corp. from 1989 to 2005. He had worked as a compensation manager for the Intel Corp. from 1979 to 1988.

He received his master’s degree in public administration from California State University-Chico and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Humboldt State University.




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