Herald/DAVID MORRIS - Leona Clay, a 24-year veteran employee of the city of Harker Heights, was recently promoted to human resources director for the city.

By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS – The city's new human resources director is someone with a lot of knowledge about how the city operates.

Leona Clay has worked with the city for more than 24 years. For about 21 of those years, she was the chief of police's administrative assistant. She was a court administrator for about two and a half years. She started her new position Oct. 1.

"It is going to be a definite change, but I think I am going to enjoy it," Clay said.

During Clay's time at the police department, she became a licensed police officer.

While in the municipal courts department, she received level one and level two court clerk certificates from the state. She is awaiting her level three court clerk certification, which only 34 people in the state have.

"I am always looking for ways to better myself," Clay said.

She said she is looking forward to tackling the challenges facing her as human resources director.

Harker Heights was a much different place when Clay became the police chief's assistant.

The police department, courts and the rest of municipal services were all in the same building on Harley Drive.

"When I started, I would have never thought that Harker Heights would have grown so quickly," Clay said.

Clay is glad the city has grown and pleased to have been a part of that growth.

"I can't leave something that I have enjoyed," Clay said.

She believes her experience working with various city departments will help her in her new position.

She understands how the police and court systems work, and in the past, she has worked closely with other departments.

The level three certificate Clay is trying to obtain has taught her a lot about managing people and the concerns she hopes to address as human resources director. While applying for the certificate, Clay traveled to various municipal courts and studied their management and team-building processes.

"I have watched the city grow, and I am just really excited to have the opportunity to grow with it," Clay said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7554.

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