Oct 31 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Akiko Kawamura the new administrator of the State's Career Service Review Office (CSRO). "Akiko's years of legal experience aptly equip her to oversee the employee grievance process," Governor Herbert said. "She will continue the CSRO's legacy of fairness and protection of employee rights."
Kawamura is a graduate of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and a recipient of numerous recognitions, including the 2008 Mountain States Rising Star in Employment and Labor Law, and the 2006 and 2009 Utah Elite in Employment Law from Utah Business magazine.
"My background in employment and labor law has given me a unique perspective that will aid my efforts to continue the important work of the CSRO," said Kawamura.
Since 2005, Kawamura has served in the Utah Attorney General's Office as Assistant Attorney General in the Employment Section, Litigation Division, representing state agencies, school districts, and institutions of higher education in claims of wrongful termination and other employment matters. She previously worked in private practice with Hobbs & Olson, LC, in Salt Lake City, handling civil litigation in federal and state courts as well as practice in employment law and human resource policy.
Kawamura's name now goes on to the Senate for confirmation. She fills the position previously held by Bob Thompson, who returned to the Department of Human Resource Management as Statewide Employment Labor Relations Director.
CSRO, an independent State administrative entity, hears career service employee grievances and ensures due process and fundamental fairness is used in State discipline and termination of employment action for career service employees. The Administrator of the CSRO manages the budget, coordinates the hearing, selects the various hearing officers, and oversees the statutory grievance process for the State.