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Arlette Cooper Tinsley, J.D.

Human Resources Director

City of Columbus
Arlette Cooper Tinsley, J.D. Human Resources Director City of Columbus

Arlette Cooper-Tinsley, the former human rights director for Columbus, has been hired as the city’s full-time human resources director.

Jeff Logston, the city’s director of operations and finance, said her priorities will include creating and implementing a performance management system.

Mayor Kristen Brown has pushed to tie raises to employee performance rather than having all city employees receive across-the-board raises. Creating a review system that includes performance goals is part of that change.

“Arlette will work with me and the department heads to ensure we are hiring and retaining the best and brightest talent for each job and that our culture becomes goal-achieving and supports personal and group integrity and ethical behavior,” Brown said.

Cooper-Tinsley said some city departments evaluate their personnel while others don’t.

So, she’ll be contacting other city governments to see what they do for reviews.

Previously, she was the director of the Columbus Human Rights Commission for 16 years, was the city’s director of human resources for two years and worked as a human resources consultant for another year.

“I am excited about the opportunity. This position is full-time, which means I’ll have more time than before for human resources,” Cooper-Tinsley said.

When the city had personnel cutbacks in 2010, the job of human resources director was eliminated.

Then-Mayor Fred Armstrong asked Cooper-Tinsley to take on that role for eight hours per week.

When she left her job as human rights director in 2011, she continued her limited human resources role on a contract basis. Mayor Brown renewed that contract after taking office at the start of the year.

Cooper-Tinsley is a licensed attorney and specializes in employment law and diversity issues.

She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and has expertise in implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and equal employment opportunity in corporate union and non-union environments.

She also has a long history of community involvement.

Cooper-Tinsley helped facilitate the launch of the Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic


She has served on the Heritage Fund’s Outreach Committee, the boards of directors of Bartholomew Area Legal Aid Inc., the William R. Laws Foundation and the International School of Columbus.

She also served on Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s countywide Bullying Prevention Taskforce.

She also has taught human resources classes at IUPUC.

In 2011, Cooper-Tinsley received the Benjamin “Mickey” King Award from the Heritage Fund for her work on diversity in Bartholomew County.

“We feel that Arlette’s nearly 20 years of experience with the city, and her various areas of expertise are a great fit and addition to the city,” Logston said.

Cooper-Tinsley started work Monday, and her salary is $48,750.

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