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Office of Administration announces Casey Osterkamp as new Director of the Division of Personnel

May 29, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – The Office of Administration announced today that Casey Osterkamp is the new Director of the Division of Personnel. She was recommended by Gov. Mike Parson and confirmed by the Missouri Senate in March.

Since then, she has already spearheaded the rollout of a major new program for State of Missouri team members — MO Learning, an online learning program that utilizes LinkedIn Learning courses.

As the Director of Personnel, Osterkamp will oversee personnel policies and responsibilities as it relates to the State of Missouri workforce, develop and carry out initiatives designed to benefit state team members, and collaborate with Human Resources professionals for each of the 16 executive departments.

“Public services only happen because of the work done by public servants,” said Casey Osterkamp, “which means the quality of our state government depends on identifying ways to recruit, train, and retain people committed to making this state — and the lives of all Missourians within it — flourish. I am excited to offer the best I have to the State of Missouri team and help bring out the best in my fellow team members.”

Osterkamp most recently served as the Director of the Assessment Resource Center for the University of Missouri’s College of Education. She started her professional career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy in 2005 and since, she has worked in management roles for the Chicago Public Schools and IBM.

“Casey is a dynamic, tested leader in both the public and private sectors. She is the ideal leader to help transform the Division of Personnel into a true talent management team,” said Drew Erdmann, State of Missouri Chief Operating Officer. “Casey and her team will help the State of Missouri become more competitive in recruiting, developing, and rewarding the talent we need to meet the high expectations of the citizens of Missouri.”

“We are incredibly pleased that Casey has decided to fill this role and joined our team in the Office of Administration,” said Office of Administration Commissioner Sarah Steelman. “She brings a wealth of experience that will help advance our recruitment and retention efforts.”

Melissa Theis, previously the Acting Director of the Division of Personnel, is now the division’s Deputy Director.

Osterkamp earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Communication from Northwestern University and her Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition, she is currently working toward her Doctorate of Education in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Missouri.