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News Quarterly HR Spotlight: Shannon Rushton

Created On: 6/30/2022 11:10:29 AM

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Name: Shannon Rushton

Agency: Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services

Position: Deputy Administrator of Human Capital. (I supervise the areas of Professional Development, Human Resources, Compliance, Workforce Wellbeing, Workforce Development and the agency's Fingerprint and Background Unit. MDCPS Human Capital units strive to meet the employment needs of all MDCPS staff at every stage of their experience with the agency.)

Years in Position: 2 years in this position (5 years with MDCPS)

Brief Employment History (How you got where you are today): I have been with MDCPS for almost 5 years, but I have worked in state government for 25 years. I started my career as a Psychological Associate at MS State Hospital in 1997 and continued my employment with the Department of Mental Health as Director of the Office of Constituency Services and the Director of Certification before coming to MDCPS in 2017. My parents and extended family have a long history of employment in service to others whether through social work, education, legal counsel or community service. I have known since a young age that I wanted to be involved in human services to serve people, my community and my state. My job experiences with the mental health system and now the child welfare system have allowed me the opportunity to serve some of our state’s most vulnerable populations.

Favorite aspect of your job: I truly believe in the importance of the MDCPS mission to strengthen families and protect children, and I believe that it takes our whole agency as a team to meet the needs of children and families in our state. Our MDCPS employees are our greatest resource in fulfilling our mission- our employees are the hands and feet of that mission, whether they are providing direct services or providing support to those services. Human Capital staff take great pride in knowing that any effort we make to help our employees with their day-to-day concerns will have a positive effect on the families and children MDCPS is tasked with serving.

Advice to someone starting their career in state government HR: It is so important to find a mentor or leader that you respect to support you in your career. Mentors can provide an invaluable prospective to help meet personal goals, work through problems, challenge you, and push you out of your comfort zone and foster your development of leadership qualities and skills.

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