Shauna Pfitzinger has taken over the human resources (HR) duties for the city of Washington.

Pfitzinger, 40, recently was hired by the city to fill a newly created position. She started Nov. 1 as the human resources generalist for the city.

Prior to her hiring, the duties of the human resources role had been conducted by other staff members including the city clerk, administrator and finance officer.

Pfitzinger said she was excited to work for the city. A St. Clair native, she has been a Washington resident for the last 17 years.

“I’m going to handle everything from hiring, to training, to disciplinary actions to benefits,” she said. “Really everything in the day-to-day HR world.”

The title of generalist means Pfitzinger doesn’t specialize in any one HR field.

“I can handle the full array of HR questions,” she said.

Pfitzinger comes to the city from Par-Way Tryson, St. Clair. She worked at the company for 19 years in a variety of HR positions.

“I worked my way up,” she said. “I started as a summer file clerk and then was an office assistant. After I got my associate degree from East Central College, I kept working at Par-Way and decided, I really like human resources. I liked the function and I like talking to people, so it was a good fit.”

Pfitzinger said the biggest reason to leave was to be closer to her family. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children.

“The draw for me is being home with my family more,” she said. “The drive is short — I’m really close. I have kids that are in school so being here, right at city hall a few blocks from home is ideal for me.”

Another benefit of working for the city is being able to do more in the city, she said.

“I also like being involved more in the community,” she said. “I like the idea that I can shop Downtown and if there’s an event, I can just hop over there. That was a big draw — being local.”