Mayor’s Office

Mayor Miro Weinberger Announces Resignation of Human Resources Director Susan Leonard

City soon will commence national search for next director




August 24, 2018

Contact: Jordan Redell



Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger announced today that Human Resources (HR) Director Susan Leonard has resigned her position with the City of Burlington effective October 6, 2018, after nine years of service. Leonard’s tenure included the restructuring of the HR department to provide additional support for the City’s departments and the implementation of numerous employee policies and trainings, with a particular focus on increasing the diversity of and equity among the city workforce, and modernizing our application and recruitment systems for new employees. Leonard served as a member of the City’s collective bargaining team and helped steward the City’s positive relationships with its four union and non-union employees.


“I am grateful for Susan’s service to the City of Burlington and its employees,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “Susan’s compassionate and collaborative approach to employee relations, and skillful management of challenging personnel issues have helped make the City one of the best places to work in Burlington, strengthened our union relationships, and assisted the City in stewarding taxpayer resources with care.”


“Serving the City and its employees for nearly a decade has been a privilege,” said Leonard. “This City’s people and employees will always be its most important resource and asset, and I am fortunate to have served alongside a great team.”


Leonard has been on Family and Medical Leave due to the illness of her father since July 16, 2018.  The Mayor has appointed Stephanie Reid, a 6-year veteran of the department, to serve as acting Human Resources Director.  Leonard expects to return to Stevens Strategy Consulting, the management consulting firm where she worked before joining the City, and intends to pursue a master’s degree at Champlain College.


The HR Director position is appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Council.  Mayor Weinberger intends to conduct a national search for Leonard’s replacement this fall.




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