Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh recently appointed RICHARD ALSEVER as the city’s director of human resources. Alsever comes into his new role with eight years of human-resource experience behind him, having worked in several managerial and generalist roles. In leading the daily operations of the Syracuse human resources department, Alsever is responsible for promoting a vision of employee service, departmental collaboration, and data-driven decision-making. As director of HR, he has direct responsibility for compensation, policy, and compliance. Alsever will lead and support deputies through recruiting and transitions, employee relations, as well as benefits and performance development. He will provide guidance to the manager of workplace practices to ensure employee safety and risk management, workers’ compensation, and employee grievances and workplace issues are handled with due diligence. In addition to his role as leader of the City’s HR department, Alsever will serve as the point of contact with union leadership during contract negotiations and act as the city’s representative on all HR-related matters. In his most recent roles, Alsever served as an HR business partner with American Electric Power and also as a human resources and payroll consultant with Pirate Ventures. Alsever received his bachelor’s degree in human-resource management from Le Moyne College, his master’s degree in human-resource development from Nazareth College, and also holds a professional human resources certificate from the Human Resource Certification Institute.