City hires personnel director

August 5, 2014 

Lee’s Summit has a new director for the city’s Human Resources Department.

Denise Kelly began her duties Aug. 1. Most recently, she worked as director of human capital management for the Kansas City Public Schools, and earlier worked for Mazuma Credit Union and Saint Luke’s Shawnee Mission Health System. She is an 18-year resident of the city.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work for the City of Lee’s Summit and look forward to contributing to the success of the community, and working with a great team of professionals,” Kelly said in a written statement provided by the city.

City Manager Steve Arbo said Kelly will play an important role in connecting employees to the city organization.

“She knows how to listen to the needs of others and finds a way to create successful outcomes,” Arbo said. “She will be a good fit in our culture of support and community service. We are glad that she has agreed to be a part of our team.”

Lee’s Summit Assistant City Manager Daren Fristoe added, “Ms. Kelly brings to our team additional depth of both public and private sector experience. During the last year, we have worked to redefine the role of our Human Resources Department in more expansive ways. Ms. Kelly will continue that process in her new leadership capacity.”

Kelly will be responsible for the supervision of employee relations and development; staffing; payroll, compensation and benefits administration; safety; progressive discipline; and personnel policies and procedures. She will report to Assistant City Manager Fristoe, who served as the director of the Human Resources Department for the last year.

She has served on the 2014 Lee’s Summit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee. She is married to Ted Kelly, the owner and operator of a local barber salon. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Baker University and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri.

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