City HR director retiring after lengthy career

Claudia Hazelhurst
Claudia Hazelhurst

Claudia Hazelhurst, the human resources director at the City of Grand Junction, plans to retire in April after a more than 44-year career with the city.

“I’ve been so fortunate to have spent my career serving my community alongside others who have chosen the same path of public service,” Hazelhurst said. “I have a great deal of pride in having played a small part in ensuring the city employed the very best talent available to serve this community.”

City Manager Greg Caton praised Hazelhurst for her service. “It’s hard to even quantify the contribution Claudia has made to our organization over such a lengthy career. Her compassion and advocacy for the people working here is amazing. Virtually every employee who has ever walked through our doors has known her, and she knows each of them by name. The institutional knowledge she will take with her is significant, and her presence here will be very missed.”

Hazelhurst joined the city in 1975 as a personnel aide. She became an administrative aide, then in 1977 was promoted to human resources director. She also represented the city on the United Way of Mesa County board of directors and served on the Western Slope Center for Children board.

“Our employees, from our leaders to our line employees, are a remarkably talented, dedicated and generous group of public servants whose professional and personal contributions go largely unnoticed or uncelebrated,” Hazelhurst said. “That’s how they would want it in that service to others is what drives them and is its own reward. I’ll miss being able to call myself one among them.”