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Chris Hazen

Board Member


Where did you grow up? Orange, California

What made you want to become a Human Resources professional? Fell into the position wanting a new challenge after working at the County Landfill the first 4 years of my County career.

Favorite hobbies, sports, and interests outside of Human Resources? Golf!

Finish this sentence: On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me playing barbie dreamhouse or LOL dolls with my two girls.

What college(s) did you attend? Can you list your degrees, any honors, and involvement in Human Resources organizations during school? UC Irvine – HR Certification / California Coast University – BA Health Care Administration


Describe your responsibilities and some significant projects. Senior Public Health Analyst for Placer County. Most recently managing the Covid vaccine clinics for Placer County at the Grounds in Roseville where we administered 85,000+ doses of vaccine.

What is your favorite part about being a Human Resources professional? Making connections with other agencies and being able to bounce ideas or pick their brains on past experiences.

What skills do you find most valuable to focus on in your career? IT and Customer Service skills

What drew you to your specific career path? If you could start your career differently, what would you do differently? After moving to Placer County from Southern California, I was assigned the Public Health Department in HR as their analyst. As I got to know the staff and services they provided, I found a subject which I loved and wanted to do every day and made the move out of Human Resources into Public Health.


How/Why did you get involved? Why did you choose to stay involved? When I was new to Placer County a past board member suggested I look at joining which I did. The trainings and events are always current to what is going on in the profession. Another bonus is all the great friends I have made since joining the board from other agencies in the surrounding area.

If you have one piece of advice to give to young professionals what would it be? Make connections in all the departments and divisions you are assigned to whether they are in Human Resources or not. Knowing who to contact when and about what is invaluable when you are on a time crunch and already have those relationships in place.

Lastly, what would be your personal motto? I’ll figure it out

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