From the city:
New Human Resources Manager named
Tom Bokosky has been selected as San Juan Capistrano's new Human Resources Manager. He comes to the city with a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. He begins his new post on Jan. 25.
Tom has worked as a Risk Management Administrator for the city of Irvine since May 2001. In his role with Irvine, a city of more than 219,000, he prepared and managed human resources and risk management budgets and determined the appropriate type and amount of property and casualty insurance protection required along with negotiating policy terms, conditions, and premiums with insurance companies. Among many other duties, Tom investigated liability and workers' compensation claims, negotiated employee benefits and implemented the city's first Injury & Illness Prevention Program. He serves as board member and Underwriting Committee Chairman for the California Insurance Pool Authority, a public agency insurance pool.
Before Irvine, Tom worked in the private sector as the Director of Risk Management for Remedy/Temp; a Workers Compensation Specialist for Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.; and as the Corporate Safety Director for College Health Enterprises. He has a bachelor's in Organizational Leadership, a Masters of Labor Relations from the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources and a Certified Self-Insured Administrator (State of California).
Tom also served his country as a United States Navy Reserve Intelligence Specialist from 1986 to 1992.
Tom said he is excited about his new position.
"I look forward to working with a great team of professionals to transform beautiful and historic San Juan Capistrano's culture into a more service-oriented culture and to help make this unique city a better place to live and work," he said. "I am excited to use my experience in both the public and private sector to ensure our employees have the tools and support they need to increase customer service while saving the city money to better serve the community."
City Manager Karen Brust said Tom is a welcome addition to the San Juan Capistrano team.
"In addition to Mr. Bokosky's 21 years of risk management and human resources experience, he has the organizational development background to assist me in instilling an attitude of service-oriented performance to achieve a culture in the city focused on our customers," she said.
Tom will begin with a starting salary of $112,896 plus benefits. Similar to the city manager, he will contribute 100 percent of the employee's share of the retirement benefit with the Orange County Employees' Retirement System.