Debbie Cragun, Acting Director, Department of Human Resource Management
Debbie Cragun was named Acting Director of the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) in April 2013. Under her leadership, the department serves approximately 22,000 employees in the executive branch of the state, as well as 34 state departments, offices and commissions. DHRM is responsible for the recruitment, performance management, liability, training, classification, employee relations, compensation and benefits functions as well as the state HR information systems.
Cragun has over 20 years of service and experience with the State of Utah, 18 of which were within human resources. She began as an HR Technician and was promoted first to an HR analyst, then HR specialist, HR director and now acting executive director. During her seven years as a Human Resource Director, she oversaw almost every function of human resources. Cragun serves as the department's Legislative Liaison, working closely with the Legislature and the Governor's Office of Management and Budget. She led a shift from focusing on salary versus benefits to the total compensation perspective. She also led a redesign team regarding the State's post-retirement medical benefits in order to balance employee needs with budgetary concerns. Cragun serves on the Lt. Governor's Health Care Reform Task Force, which focuses on Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandates and how the ACA will impact the State's workforce and budget. She was awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2008 and that year earned the same award for the Department of Human Resource Management.
In 2008, Cragun received her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. She is a graduate of the University of Phoenix, where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management and her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management. She has also completed the Certified Public Manager training from the State of Utah. Cragun has served as President for the Central States Compensation Association and for the International Personnel Management Association, Utah Chapter.
She and her husband are the proud parents of one son and are self-described "foodies" who enjoy camping.