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The Office of Human Resources (OHR) maintains a competitive merit system that provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants. The agency oversees the City's personnel system and close to 7,000 employees, excluding elected officials, appointees and uniformed police and fire. The Office of Human Resources is dedicated to serving as strategic business partners with all agencies to source and recruit the top professional talent for the City and County of Denver.

The Career Service System

In 1954, CSA (now the Office of Human Resources) was established by charter amendment because the voters of Denver decided they wanted their City government to operate by merit. Under the merit system, applicants are given a chance to compete and be hired based upon their knowledge, skills, and abilities, without regard to their race, creed, national origin, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. The Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources is Karen Niparko.  The agency is overseen by the Career Service Board.


Career Service Board

The Career Service Board consists of five Denver citizens appointed by the Mayor for five-year staggered terms. The Board provides oversight for the Office of Human Resources. Its charge is to maintain the merit system, which is the foundation of the Career Service personnel system. It is responsible for setting policy, considering appeals and making rule changes that enhance the work environment. Click for more information on the CS Board.

Vision, Impact Statement and Guiding Principles

Agency Vision:

To be the model for human resource practices that deliver invaluable service, develop strong workforce leaders and position the City for future growth to meet the needs of Denver citizens. 

Impact Statement:

The Office of Human Resources stands to help organizations achieve business outcomes through thought leadership, investing in employee engagement and by incorporating inclusivity practices. By leveraging individual strengths and influencing greater citywide collaboration, we set the stage for the City and County of Denver to have the greatest impact within the communities we serve; thus we strive to provide sound, responsive, accurate, inclusive, respectful and honest HR practices.

Guiding Principles:

Being of service is our primary reason for existence and we are committed to providing invaluable service on a daily basis to our customers - their satisfaction is the standard by which we measure our success.

We build our reputation on the foundation of the integrity of work and practice of high ethical standards.

Strategic Partnerships
Our success is directly tied to the success of our clients and employees in meeting their business outcomes. 

To maintain a progressive workforce we promote, support and develop opportunities for continuous learning, development and innovative practices.

We embrace and value persity and inclusivity practices through the infusion of different perspectives and experiences to create a stronger organization that is prepared to meet the challenges of a global society. 

We espouse a culture of mutual respect and appreciation of inpidual contributions to build strong, collaborative work environments throughout the City.




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