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Brenda Haney has joined the contenders seeking a position on the Bauxite City Council.
She is campaigning for Position 3, which will soon be vacated by Alderman Guy Hendrix. Former Alderman Mae Clark also is a candidate for the seat.
"I believe that members of the City Council, or anyone in a position with the city, should be responsible citizens and have the type of experience and skills that will allow them to make wise decisions for the city, combined with a vision and the desire to help Bauxite grow and move forward," she said. "Having attended most city council meetings, I have been disappointed in the amount of valuable time spent placing blame or trying to find fault. This kind of discussion creates problems, not solutions. Bauxite can move forward, or it can drown in the past."
Haney was born in Bauxite and raised in Saline County, but lived out of the city for a few years. With husband Don, Haney moved back to Bauxite in 2008.
"My husband and I bought a home here and we plan to stay," she said. "As a resident of Bauxite for four years, I am familiar with the challenges the city has faced and the progress that is now being made. I believe that the experience and skills I can bring to the position would allow me to serve well for the city."
Those skills include 25 years of experience in human resources, including working for three hospitals, a manufacturing plant and nonprofit environments. She currently is a program manger for the Department of Human Services. Haney has been a program manger, payroll supervisor and aging and adult services for DHS since 2009.
Her resume also shows 10 years' experience in the health-care industry; six years in the manufacturing industry; three years in the nonprofit industry; and three years in human resources and payroll consulting.
"Management experience includes all phases of human resources and payroll for organizations with 150 to 900 employees," Haney said. "I have attended, developed, and presented numerous workshops and classes in human resources, payroll, management and supervision."
She is a member of the Arkansas State Employees Association; past member of the National Society for Human Resource Management; past member of Personnel Associations in Mountain Home, Harrison and Camden; and a past member of Arkansas Hospital Association Personnel Association.
Haney also noted that she is fluent in American Sign Language.
Haney's husband Don is also a retired journalist/broadcaster, works at KUAR public radio as an announcer, and he produces and hosts a weekly jazz show.
"There has been a lot of negative publicity about Bauxite, but Bauxite is a great place to live and has some wonderful people. My father worked at Reynolds Metals until his death in 1963. This is home for me," Haney said. "Bauxite is moving forward and I am confident that good things are on the horizon for our city."