The director named by Gov. Norm Bangerter to head the newly formed state Department of Human Resource Management will also hold a consulting position with a private company through the end of the year.
Earl J. Banner, former vice president of administration at Great Western Silicon, Nippon Division in Chandler, Ariz., will assume his new post on June 13. However, he will serve as a consultant to the high-technology metals company through Dec. 31.Banner, reached by telephone at his Centerville home, said he would travel to Chandler on "very few occasions" to help close the Japanese company's American subsidiary.
In a letter to Banner confirming the appointment, Bangerter wrote that he understood the consulting work was necessary so Banner could "tie up the loose ends in your work with Nippon."
The governor also stated in the letter that while some of the consultant work would be on weekends and holidays, some may be during regular working hours.
"On these days, we have agreed you will take leave without pay from the state and, of course, keep complete records as we discussed," Bangerter said in his letter.
The governor's office released a copy of the letter with a press release announcing the appointment. The release states that Banner was selected for the job by an advisory committee made up of five human resource managers who represent both government and the private sector.
Before he took the job with the Great Western Silicon division, Banner worked for seven years with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the UI Group and as director of administration for personnel for the church. He also spent 12 years as vice president of employee relations with Macy's department store in California.
"I believe the 20 years of broad-based human resource experience which Mr. Banner brings to the state will give the proper direction for this state department," the governor said in his press release.
Banner holds a master's degree in business administration and industrial relations from the University of Utah and a bachelor's degree in economics from Brigham Young University.
Banner, who has been commuting from Centerville to Chandler during the past year, is a former president of the Utah Personnel Association and is a member of the American Society of Personnel Administration.
The state Department of Human Resource Management was created by the 1988 Legislature to replace the Division of Personnel Management. The division head had reported to the head of the Department of Administrative services. As a department director, Banner will report to the governor.