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Winters to serve as director of the Office of the State Employer

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Contact: Geralyn Lasher

LANSING, MI - Governor Rick Snyder today announced Jan Winters will serve as director of the Office of the State Employer, a position she previously held under former Governor John Engler.

The Office of the State Employer carries out the governor’s employee relations policies, represents the governor in negotiations and recommends a comprehensive plan for rates of compensation and other conditions of employment for non-represented employees to the Civil Service Commission. 

“Jan comes into this job with an enormous amount of expertise,” Snyder said.  “As a trusted member of my Cabinet, I will depend on her many years of experience in labor relations and her ability to negotiate appropriately on behalf of taxpayers.”

Winters, of Okemos, has served as deputy director of the Michigan Civil Service Commission since 2002.  In this role, she directs major program areas including state group insurance programs, personnel benefits systems, business applications and hearings and mediation.

Winters previously served as director of the Office of the State Employer from 1995 to 2002 where she played a lead role in the structuring and implementation of the state defined contribution retirement plan for new employees.  She also negotiated agreements restructuring the state health plan as a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) with savings of more than $25 million annually.

Winters earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and completed the Executive Program at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.  She has been appointed to the MESC Advisory Council, Health Care Reform and Advisory Committee, the State Police and State Employees Retirement Boards and the Equal Opportunity Workforce Planning Council.

The Director of the Office of the State Employer is a Cabinet-level position located within the Value for Money executive group.