Utah Legislature hires new HR administrator

The Utah Legislature is pleased to announce that Debbie Cragun, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, will be the Legislature’s new Human Resources Administrator.

Cragun has 25 years of experience working in all aspects of human resources. She currently serves as a cabinet member for Governor Gary Herbert as the executive director of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management.

“The Legislature recognized more than a year ago the importance of hiring a human resources professional given the increasing complexity of employment law,” said Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. “We are ecstatic that someone with as much knowledge and experience as Debbie has agreed to serve in this role.”

Cragun will oversee the Utah Legislature’s human resource operations, management and strategies. Her contributions will bolster the Legislature’s strong history of providing a positive work environment that values teamwork, fairness, integrity, compassion and respect.

“A highly qualified HR manager is key to protecting our employees, managers and the legislative institution itself,” said Speaker Greg Hughes. “Debbie is an excellent fit and will be a great partner. She has the capacity to make us more effective and efficient at all aspects of human resources.”

Cragun received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix-Utah Campus.

Cragun’s first day with the Legislature will be January 15, 2018.