The City of Flint's Director of Human Relations, Erycka Hunter, who has been in that role since September 2010, will now have additional responsibilities as she is now serving as city's Director of Human Relation and Human Resources.

In her expanded role, which began yesterday, March 5, Hunter will now assume the administrative oversight responsibilities of the Human Resources Department. She replaces former Human Resources Director Gary Bates, whose temporary appointment expired on March 2.

Emergency Manager Michael Brown said Monday that the City continues to look for ways to cut costs and operate more efficiently. "As we address the city's ongoing financial crises, we must streamline our operations and find ways to reduce out expenses. Everyone is being asked to do more and Mrs. hunter now joins our growing list of managers who are overseeing more then one department," said Brown.

Hunter will earn an annual salary of $70,000 in her new role. The Flint native and graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee said Monday she welcomes her dual responsibilities. "I have a passion for this community, so I am grateful that I will be able to continue my work with the public through the Human Relations Commission while also working with the employees of the city through my expanded role as Director of Human Resources. It's a great opportunity."