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Clayton Welcomes New Human Resources Director


We’re proud to introduce you to Delicia Barnes, who started this week in this important role, following the retirement of our long-time Human Resources Director Catherine Whitley.

“What struck me during her interview was that she was really interested in developing and helping people,” said Town Manager Adam Lindsay about the intensive job search that brought more than 100 applicants. “HR is a series of rules, regulations and processes that ensure you are treating people equitably – all of those things that every company or organization must do. But through it all, Delicia is about the individual. She knows she has to do those other HR things and wants to do those things well, but if she can impact people’s lives, develop people into managers or supervisors, help someone understand the policies and how they apply, or deliver a message, positive or not, in a way that treats people like human beings…that brought value to her and that really resonated with me.”

The Goldsboro native brings more than 15 years of experience in human resources, benefits and employee development. Barnes is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, earning both an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School and a JD from the UNC School of Law. It was after a summer internship, however, that she learned a career in employment litigation was not for her.

“I worked at a small law firm in Goldsboro and realized employment law was not what I wanted to do,” said Barnes about recognizing her true calling to help employees to be successful individually and for their employer. “I have always been one of those people who could help people through things. So if I could make a living doing that…I wanted to.”

Barnes went on to become a Human Resources leader, working in various industries such as pharmaceuticals, packaged consumer goods, and manufacturing. She worked with senior leaders on improving recruitment, diversity and retention, as well as worked with entry level employees through improving employee relations and communication. Barnes continued to be promoted to higher levels of responsibility and scope. She was looking for her next opportunity when she learned about the opening at the Town of Clayton. She knew helping lead a diverse team of nearly 200 employees, from librarians to electric lineman, in the fastest growing town in Johnston County would be the perfect challenge.

 “Growing up in Goldsboro, I definitely knew Clayton – it’s close to home and I wanted my next opportunity to be close to my family in Goldsboro,” said Barnes, who has generations of her family in that area. “My mom was one of 9 children! And almost all of them are still living in Goldsboro, so I have tons of cousins and extended family. My son is 2 years old and it’s important to me that he gets to know his family, so I’m very thankful to have been selected to join my new second family at the Town of Clayton.”

With nearly 300 employees (if you count part-time) in 14 different departments, we knew we needed a dynamic Human Resources Director to support our staff and Town. Our departments continue to grow as we work to keep up the wide-ranging services we provide the community. As Clayton makes the critical transition from a small town to a mid-sized town, we’re hoping to help Delicia bring us to a new level of recruitment, staff-training and benefit management. Town Council is excited for Delicia to cultivate a positive and committed team!

You can reach out to her at dbarnes@TownofClaytonNC.org or at 919-553-5002. 

Welcome Delicia!!!

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