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From the mayor’s office…

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has chosen Karen Glasgow, the Director of Labor Relations for the Boston Public Schools, to become the City’s next Director of Human Resources.

Glasgow, who was introduced at the Mayor’s State of the City address Tuesday night, has deep experience with labor relations and human relations for the City of Boston in the Law, Fire and Public School Departments.

In her speech, Mayor Fuller described Glasgow as, “strong and smart, warm and wise.” The City Council must approve Glasgow’s appointment before she is officially hired.

“Karen has skills, experience and leadership qualities needed to lead this critical department. Her background in human resources, labor relations, and municipal law makes her a great fit for the position,” Mayor Fuller wrote in a letter to City Council requesting they approve Glasgow’s appointment to the position.

“Her personal communication abilities will allow her to work across all city departments and be effective with management/union relations,” she wrote.
Before her role with the Boston Public Schools, Glasgow spent five years as the Deputy Fire Commissioner, Labor Legal at the Boston Fire Department where she was responsible for human resources, medical and personnel divisions supporting the 1,400 employees of the department.
As a member of the Fire Commissioner’s central administrative team, she directed a comprehensive human resources program including recruitment, classifications, policies and procedures, collective bargaining, drug testing, and health/wellness programs. Before moving to Boston Fire, Glasgow was a Corporation Counsel in Boston’s Law Department, representing the city in all phases of civil litigation in state and federal court.

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