Mayor Richard M. Daley today announced the appointment of Homero Tristan as the city’s Commissioner of Human Resources.
Tristan, 37, comes to city government from the law firm of Tristan and Gonzalez, where he was a founding member, partner and manager since 2002. The firm represented corporations and other entities in labor and employment issues, employment counseling and compliance with state and federal laws.
"This is an important position. The Human Resources Department plays a critical role in making sure that the city identifies and hires the highest quality employees possible," Daley said in a City Hall news conference. "When we do that, we guarantee that city services will be delivered to our residents in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible."
Among other things, the department is in charge of employment and recruiting initiatives, hiring and promotion, labor relations and enhancing the productivity of employees.
It works with the federal monitor on the hiring process and is on the front line of helping the city continue to move forward with the reforms of the hiring process that began three years ago, the Mayor said.
"Homero Tristan is the right person for this job. He brings with him experience in labor law in both the private sector, where he was a founding member of his law firm, and the public sector, where he worked with for the National Labor Relations Board and the Chicago Board of Education.
"He is very knowledgeable in the areas of compliance with federal and state laws, employment counseling and labor relations. And he brings the experience of managing his own business, as well," Daley said.
Prior to starting his law firm, Tristan practiced labor law with the firm of Jackson, Lewis and was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago, where, among other duties he litigated cases alleging violation of federal labor laws and investigated charges of unfair labor practices.
He also has served as a hearing officer with the Chicago Board of Education, where he represented the Board in expulsion proceedings and heard cases involving Local School Election challenges.
Tristan grew up in Chicago and graduated from Quigley South High School. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics degree from Loyola University and a Master of Science in Industrial Relations degree, also from Loyola.
He received his law degree from DePaul University and is a past president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.
"I expect Homero to continue the good progress we have made over recent years in human resources," Daley said.
"Our goal is to the make the delivery of city services more effective by maintaining professional human resources practices and programs. And we are committed to a hiring system that is transparent, efficient, open and accessible to all qualified applicants.
"I know that Homero is extremely committed to public service and is the kind of strong and dedicated leader who will help our city move forward," the Mayor said.