Governor's Cabinet

Debbie Cragun, Executive Director, Department of Human Resource Management

Debbie Cragun

Debbie Cragun was appointed Executive Director for the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) in June of 2013. 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 leading strategic human capital strategies, including recruitment, performance management, liability, training, classification, employee relations, compensation, and benefits functions as well as the state HR information systems. In the capacity of Executive Director, Ms. Cragun designs, implements, and advises in these areas as she serves as a member of Governor Gary R. Herbert's cabinet.

Ms. Cragun has over 24 years of service and experience with the State of Utah, 22 of which are within human resources. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Ms. Cragun has led almost every function of human resources, including serving as the department's legislative liaison.

Some of her proudest accomplishment include current efforts to transform state human resources to a strategic focus and bringing solutions to human capital challenges (winning an award in HR innovation from the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) for these efforts), winning the Governor's Success award for finding 25% improvement in her department's services, overseeing the passive of legislation that transformed the way DHRM is able to use data to make compensation decisions, a shift from focusing on salary versus benefits to the total compensation perspective, led a redesign team regarding the State's post-retirement medical benefits in order to balance employee needs with budgetary concerns, and served on the Lt. Governor's Health Care Reform Task Force which focused on Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandates. Ms. Cragun was awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2008, and earned the same award for the Department of Human Resource Management in 2008 as well.

Ms. Cragun has Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM-SCP from the Society for Human Resource Management, and Certified Public Manager (CPM) certifications. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management and her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management. Ms. Cragun is currently a member of the Executive Committee for NASPE, has served as President for the Central States Compensation Association and for the International Personnel Management Association, Utah Chapter. She is also an appointed member of the Bluffdale City Planning Commission.

Ms. Cragun is originally from Tooele, Utah, and currently resides in Bluffdale, Utah with her husband Blake Cragun, a CPA, and their son, Kyler. She and her husband are self-described "foodies" who also enjoy camping.