Leo Brown

DeKalb Schools’ HR chief apparently removed from post, but will he show up?

Leo Brown, the human resources head at DeKalb County Schools who hasn’t been seen at work since December, has a new job.

DeKalb County Board of Education member Stan Jester posted on his blog Sunday that Brown becomes Specialist II Compliance in the district’s Facilities and Operations Division. Everett Patrick, the director of employment services, will become the interim chief human capital management officer until the district finds a permanent replacement.

Brown has not been seen in the office since before the district’s winter break. He missed two board meetings and has made more than $30,000 of his annual $175,000 salary without reporting to work. District officials have not addressed the absence, only saying after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Brown’s mysterious absence that he was still employed by the district.

District officials have not said whether the new position affects Brown’s salary or whether he will physically report to work.

Brown came to the district from Emory University Hospital in December 2015 as the district’s interim chief human capital management officer. He previously worked with Superintendent Steve Green at Kansas City Public Schools as that district’s chief human capital management officer.

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