Karen Suzuki-Hashimoto recently was appointed new director of the combined Salt Lake City Administrative Services and Human Resource Management departments by Mayor Palmer DePaulis.

Suzuki-Hashimoto was Human Resource Management director and will assume the role of Administrative Services Director formerly held by Rodger Neve, who accepted a position as Finance Director in Fontana, Calif."Karen's appointment has been made to consolidate and streamline administrative functions," DePaulis said, adding the restructuring would promote efficiency and cost savings.

As Human Resource Director, Suzuki-Hashimoto is responsible for personnel and labor relations. Fleet management, animal control and the city recorder's office will fall under her purview as Administrative Services director.