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MCIEAST announces new HRO director

By Pamela Jackson | | February 25, 2010

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Marine Corps Installations East recently announced the new director for Civilian Human Resources Office- Southeast, effective Jan. 31.

Danny Gay, director, CHRO-SE, has been here since January 1976 and has held various positions during his 34 years of service, including eight months as the acting director.  The four divisions that fall under his supervision include labor relations, equal employment opportunity, training, staffing and classification.

A native of Scottsburg, Ind., Gay has been a resident here since 1953. He graduated from Albany High School and attended Darton College before going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Albany State University.

“I started work here in 1976 and held several jobs as a painter helper, painter worker, painter and industrial engineering technician, all at Maintenance Center Albany. Later, I transferred to the Office of the Comptroller as a management analyst, then went back to MCA as an industrial engineering technician, where I stayed until 1991,” Gay said.

Gay started in HRO as an employee relations specialist, then became supervisor of labor relations and later, deputy director. He was named the acting director in April 2009 after the former director, Rich Hooks, left for another job, and served until his selection as director.

“I was elated that I was selected to be the director, a prestigious position in my opinion. I will do my best to serve my customers and provide the best customer service possible, both internally and externally,” he said.

John R. Armour, assistant chief of staff, G-1, Marine Corps Installations East, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., said, “Danny is a proven performer with a wealth of human resource experience and superior leadership skills. He is an outstanding employee that will go the extra mile to assist any customer. I have known him since May 2007 and have relied upon his knowledge and guidance for all matters in his geographical area.”

CHRO-SE customers include MCLB Albany, Marine Corps Logistics Command, Blount Island Command in Jacksonville, Fla., MCA, United States Marine Forces Central Command in Tampa, Fla., and Southern Command in Miami, Fla.

Gay said he does not plan to make any immediate changes in the near future, but the biggest challenge his office faces is the transition back from the National Security Personnel System to the general schedule pay system.

“It will be a monumental task that will involve a lot of effort. One of my first priorities as director is to hire a new deputy director as soon as possible,” he said. “The director can’t do this job alone. It takes a team effort and I have a good team.”

Gay said that as long as he continues to enjoy his job, the people he works with and the work he does, retirement will have to continue to remain an option.

“I have worked in HRO with Mr. Gay for 18 years and he always displays persistence and determination toward any issue that is placed in front of him. People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing; however, a leader’s job is to help people have vision of their potential and as our director, he will continue his “can do” attitude leading our office into the future without any problems,” said Wanda Fitzgerald, supervisory human resource specialist, CHRO-SE.

Armour said that Gay was promoted in early 2009 as the acting director and his performance has been superb and that his team of professionals continues to surpass his expectations with diligence and customer focus.

“Overall, Mr. Gay has an unparalleled work ethic, infectious leadership style and his personal example causes those who work with him to perform at a higher level. He is a team builder who needs no supervision and he and his staff have a positive outlook that creates a great working environment and fosters great results, which supports our mission of service and support,” Armour said.


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