Human Resources

Pamela Dixon

Human Resources Director


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Human Resources

When you join Cook County MN you become part of a team of people who have a desire to serve, who demonstrate a strong work ethic, and who have an unwavering commitment to make a positive impact on our communities. Through collaboration and forward-thinking ideas, Cook County employees strive for best-in-class service. 


  • Recruiting and Selection
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Talent Management
  • Training & Development
  • Safety & Compliance


Our vision is to be an employer of choice in MN by modeling innovative, cost-effective, evidence-based HR practices and service excellence.


To ensure delivery of effective and impactful programs and quality public service to the residents of Cook County MN, our mission is to attract, engage and retain a highly-skilled, high-performing workforce.

Guiding Principles

Service Excellence – With input and feedback from our stakeholders, we design and deliver evidence-based HR programs and services.

Stewardship - We take seriously our role as stewards of public resources to maximize programs and services that promote the growth, productivity, performance and the wellbeing of county employees.

Ethics – We act with integrity, honesty, accountability, confidentiality, and objectivity to uphold county policy and employment law.

Respect – We promote and model civility, the value of diversity, accessibility, and trustworthiness.

Continuous Improvement – We continuously seek ways to improve HR programs and services to increase value, decrease waste, and to continually develop our capabilities.

Strategic Focus – We anticipate the needs of tomorrow’s workforce by using foresight, systems thinking, and stakeholder input.

Communication – Using dialog and feedback from employees, we learn about what’s important to them and how they feel about their workplace in order to promote and ensure a healthy work environment.

Empowerment – We continuously develop and empower employees to achieve their professional goals in alignment with Agency/Department and County objectives.