Rebecca Hunter served on Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources for eight years. Prior to this appointment, she spent six years as the Director of Human Resources for Hamilton County Government in Chattanooga and held management positions in governmental finance for over 25 years. Rebecca is a Certified Public Accountant and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
During her tenure with the State government, Rebecca established the Department of Human Resources as a leader in innovative human resources practices, while shaping the best workforce for state government. She led a successful effort to transform the State’s employment practices with the passage of the T.E.A.M. Act, which has moved the State from a focus on seniority to a focus on performance. As a result, all state employees have a S.M.A.R.T. performance plan which aligns their work with the agency goals and the Governor’s priorities.
Rebecca is passionate about customer service and performance excellence and extends her leadership to serve on various boards and associations. She serves on the board of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, whose mission is to drive organizational excellence in Tennessee. She is a past president of both the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) and the Tennessee Personnel Management Association, on whose board she currently serves. She also serves on the board of the HealthCare 21 Business Coalition and the board of Hixson Utility District and was appointed by Governor Haslam to the Utilities Management Review Board.
In 2018, Rebecca was honored by the Tennessee Government Leadership Council with the inaugural Rebecca Hunter Award for Leadership Excellence. In 2016 the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resources Management presented her with the HR Executive of the Year Award, and in 2014, the National Association of State Personnel Executives presented her with the Eugene H. Rooney Leadership Award. Rebecca is a 2014 graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Tennessee.