by Andrew SchunkTwinsburg Bulletin EditorTwinsburg -- Approximately one month after the former human resources director tendered her resignation over job security concerns, the city has hired a replacement.Clayton Morris, 39, of Stow, was named human resources director Jan. 16, according to Mayor Kathy Procop. Morris was chosen over approximately 40 other applicants, and will enter the position at $59,616, the same salary paid to Kolette Woloszynek, who resigned Dec. 15."His name just kept jumping to the top of the list," Procop said. "He has a stellar résumé, and I was very pleased with his reference checks."Morris will take over a position that currently is one of two positions in the human resources department. Procop said a benefits administrator will continue to assist Morris, even if a city salary ordinance being considered by Council places the benefits administrator under the auspices of the finance department.In December, Woloszynek stated in her resignation letter that the potential elimination of the human resources department to a single human resource director -- or possibly altogether -- remained a major job security-related concern.Morris said he's not going to concern himself with the potential changes in the HR department."I do not want to become politically dynamic," Morris said. "I work for the mayor, and the employees of Twinsburg."According to Procop, the human resources director "manages the personnel functions for more than 235 full-time equivalent employees, seven bargaining units and all benefits for the administration."As well, the city's human resource director is charged with "general personnel issues," Procop explained."And that is a much larger part of the job than people realize, I think," she added.Morris, who previously had been with the Ohio Department of Transportation as business and human resources deputy director, where he was responsible for 415 employees, said he looked forward to working in Twinsburg."I enjoy dealing with people," he said. "I enjoy working through all the challenges that come with that."A human resources director is exactly that -- a resource for an injury or an issue."According to a Jan. 16 release from Procop, Morris has more than 10 years of human resources experience, and 15 years of "management and leadership experience in both the public and private industries."He obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron, and subsequent degrees from Cleveland State University in labor relations and human resource management, according to the release.Morris resides in Stow with Ann, his wife of 15 years, and their two children, Domenic and Olivia.E-mail: aschunk@recordpub.comPhone: 440-232-4055 ext. 4106