“Tarlesha Smith has a proven record as a Senior Human Resources Executive with extensive experience in labor, employment law, talent management and values that align with our mission to move Atlanta forward,” Dickens said in a statement.
“We are pleased to welcome her to our team and continue our work to supercharge city services for our communities.”
Smith’s hiring comes as the Dickens administration strives to retain and attract qualified public employees to serve Atlanta. She will likely play a role in the pay and class study that Dickens directed to be conducted this year to provide guidance for future compensation for city employees.
Dickens is still conducting a nationwide search for executives to lead the police department, City Planning, and transportation.
He recently appointed interim leaders for the police and transportation departments, in addition to making permanent hires for Parks and Recreation and Procurement.