Talent & Culture

Maria Church, Director

P.O. Box 2749
Charleston, WV 25330
P: (304) 348-8015
F: (304) 348-8055



The City of Charleston Office of Human Resources strives to attract, retain and develop a high performing and diverse workforce possessing core values aligned with Charleston's vision, mission and strategic goals.


  • To provide a competitive and comprehensive benefits and compensation plan.
  • To foster professional development and career growth.
  • To provide a healthy, safe and productive work environment.
  • To improve individual and organizational effectiveness.


We desire to balance and meet our key stakeholder’s common needs and reasonable expectations by striving to provide courteous, efficient and effective service. Human Resources provides a broad range of assistance and support to employees, perspective employees, retirees and City management through four divisions. Common forms, documents and other information can be found by selecting the desired option in the menu on the right of the page.

Payroll & Compensation: Process bi-weekly for active employees and monthly pension payroll for uniform retirees; maintains wage tables and employee rates of pay; prepares and files quarterly federal and state taxes and other reports; provides reporting and business intelligence functionally for payroll related issues; performs periodic classification and compensation reviews; and maintains employee withholding deduction allowances and records.

Recruiting & Workforce: Assists departments and hiring managers in the recruitment and selection of qualified job applicants through the development and administration of various competitive recruitment methods; conducts new employee orientations; manages and oversees personnel rules and administrative policies; provides centralized workforce assistance and other services to supervisors and employees including performance management, employee relations, and professional development.

Benefits Administration: Administers all group health, dental, vision, life and optional life policies including enrollment and benefit changes for active employees and retirees; coordinates with third-party administrators (TPAs); manages sick leave, vacation and other leave records; administers flexible spending account (FSA), deferred compensation (457) and employee assistance (EAP) plans; manages employee health and wellness center and wellness program; and prepares and files all regulatory and compliance reports.

Safety & Risk Management: Assists with facility inspections; assists with employee safety trainings; receives, processes and assists with employee incident/injury, property and casualty, and vehicle accident claims; administers and oversees return-to-work program; administers drug/alcohol testing program.



Our workforce, consisting of approximately 800 full-time employees and many part-time and seasonal staff, work hard every day proving a broad range of services in order to make Charleston a better place to live, work, and play.   In order to provide efficient and effective services to the community, the City of Charleston seeks a qualified and diverse workforce committed to service excellence.  In addition to possessing the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities of a position, the City seeks to attract a workforce possessing core values and competencies aligned with Charleston’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. 

Core Values:

Service, Excellence, Responsiveness, Vision, and Empowerment — these are the core values that serve as our fundamental beliefs and guiding principles when making decisions, planning strategies, and interacting with our core constituents.

  • We are committed to meeting the reasonable needs and expectations of our community, constituents and co-workers.
  • Excellence:  We strive to provide the highest quality of service and to utilize our resources strategically and economically.
  • Responsiveness:  We work efficiently and effectively to address concerns and issues in a timely manner.
  • Vision:  We have a forward-thinking desire to make Charleston a better place to live, work and play.
  • Empowerment:  We value initiative, competence, trust and collaboration, and we take ownership and responsibility for our actions and outcomes.

Being a City employee means you SERVE every day to make a positive difference in Charleston!

Core Competencies:

At the City of Charleston, every position is valuable to the success of our organization.  The duties and responsibilities of all employees contributes to Charleston fulfilling its vision and strategic goals.  We strive to attract and retain a diverse workforce that possess, and further seeks to develop and improve our core competencies during their career with the City of Charleston. 





Accepts responsibility for own actions and results.


Adjust to and accepts change in an efficient and responsible manner.


Respectfully speaks, listens and exchanges accurate information.

Customer Service

Provides helpful, courteous, accessible, and responsive service.


Anticipates and proactively seeks to respond and resolve issues.

Judgment/Decision Making

Gathers all facts and makes effective and viable decisions.

Professional Development

Seeks opportunities to develop new capabilities, skills, and knowledge.

Teamwork & Cooperation

Cooperates with others to accomplish goals and solve problems.



The City of Charleston offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including a competitive salary and access to a full range of benefits including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); deferred compensation (457) plan; paid leave; employee health and wellness center; and on-site fitness center.   For additional information on the City’s benefit plans, please see our Benefits Overview.

How to Apply:

Individuals interested in employment with the City of Charleston should visit our career site at the link below to see current openings and to apply for a posted position. In addition, individuals seeking employment with the City may choose to sign up for job alerts whenever a new job matching their criteria is posted.

Click Here To Visit Our Career Site and to View Current Employment Opportunities


Maria Church, Director of Human Resources

April Thompson, Asst. Director of Human Resources

Cheryl Beasley, Payroll Administrator

Doug Cummings, Safety Coordinator

Patrick Lesher, Human Resources Coordinator

Amy Young, Administrative Assistant

Joshua Thaxton, Benefits Coordinator