Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s (HCHRA) Personnel Department handles various critical functions to help meet the agency’s needs, managers, and staff. Personnel assists all departments in hiring and training employees, implementing company policies and procedures, ensuring fair labor laws are followed, and much more.

Three of the primary functions of the Personnel Department are to recruit, hire, and train new employees. The staff members in the personnel department must advertise new positions as they become available, interview qualified candidates, and hire the best people for the job. Once hired, new employees must fill out payroll forms, select healthcare packages, benefits, and complete other orientation paperwork. All of this information is kept on file in the Personnel Department.

The department also handles employee-relations issues. HCHRA employs almost 400 staff members, and inevitably, problems arise. When there are misunderstandings or disputes between employees, our personnel leadership team helps mediate the situations.

Company training opportunities, tuition assistance, workers’ compensation claims, maternity leave requests, and employee orientation is also handled through the Personnel Department. All personnel staff’s duties are designed to ensure that HCHRA functions as successfully as possible.


Tamara Jackson, Ph.D.

Tamara Jackson, Ph.D.

Personnel Director

Dr. Tamara Jackson joined HCHRA in 2021 and serves as the Personnel Director. She holds a Master’s and Doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University with an emphasis in Human Resources Management and Program Management.

Before joining the team at HCHRA, she served as the Director of Human Resources for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

As personnel director, Dr. Jackson not only develops and administers agency policies, rules, and regulations for nearly 400 employees but also develops and administers training modules to create a more knowledgeable and skilled team.