Purple named Marlborough’s new human resources director

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Purple named Marlborough’s new human resources director
Christine Purple has been hired as Marlborough’s human resources director. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough Mayor J. Christian Dumais has announced his hiring of Shrewsbury resident Christine Purple as the city’s new human resources director.

Purple officially began her duties on April 29. 

She returns to the city where she previously served as human resources director under Mayor Arthur Vigeant. Purple boasts an extensive career in both human resources and municipal government. She previously held human resources positions in Clinton, Marlborough, Gardner and at Franklin Pierce University. 

In addition to her human resources roles, Purple has worked for the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management and as the executive director for the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers.

“I am extremely pleased to announce my appointment of Christine Purple as human resources director. Christine not only possesses many years of experience in human resources and municipal government, but brings an existing relationship with the city and its employees. It is critical to have someone in this role that not only understands the technical elements, but also the human elements. With Christine, I have no doubt that we get both,” said Dumais.

As human resources director, Purple will oversee the ongoing classification and compensation study for the city, negotiations with the city’s seven unions, recruiting and retention of city personnel, employee benefits, personnel and disciplinary matters, and all other functions of the department.

The human resources director is a department head-level position that requires City Council approval under the city ordinances. Her appointment will be put before the City Council for review and approval on Monday, May 6. Once approved, the human resources director will serve a term of three years.

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