JoAnn Diaz has worked for the City of Huntington Beach as a Principal Human Resources Analyst for nine years. Before coming to work for the City, JoAnn worked in Human Resources for Metro Transportation for 30 years. And although she worked longer for Metro, she has made it clear that her time at the City has been the highlight of her career.
JoAnn’s primary job responsibilities include labor relations, classification and compensation, investigations, disciplinary support and oversight of the City’s random drug testing program. Being an Analyst provides JoAnn the opportunity to research and learn more about other people's jobs and she uses that information to facilitate research needed to modify and create job descriptions, improve employee relations and promote positive employee morale.
JoAnn also works with different departments responding to and investigating a variety labor and employee relations issues. Handling employee investigations is one of her favorite job duties because, not only does it allow her to indulge her inner Nancy Drew but, she gets great satisfaction working with supervisors and employees to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
JoAnn received her bachelor’s degree from Cal State Los Angeles and pursued a master’s degree from Cal State Long Beach. She is also an IPMA- HR Senior Certified Professional. JoAnn completed training in Developing Competencies for HR Success and later qualified to become a trainer of the program. She recently joined Dream Catchers, an auxiliary of the Huntington Beach Assistance League. A long time resident of Huntington Beach, JoAnn loves her city and being a part of Surf City USA both as a resident and staff member. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jesse and their three dogs, Thelma, Louise, and Lucy, and her daughter Stefani.
Please join me in celebrating this month’s Mayor’s Award recipient – Jo Ann Diaz.