The Northern Marianas College has hired the NMI Retirement Fund's former in-house counsel, Christopher Timmons, giving him the newly created position of human resource and legal counsel director.
NMC president Sharon Y. Hart, Ph.D., confirmed Timmons' hiring, saying the college will benefit from the breadth of his experience.
“Chris is a talented attorney who has a tremendous amount of experience. He will be playing a key role in advancing the college's mission by ensuring that the college recruits the best qualified candidates for our team as well as providing well-founded and reliable legal advice,” said Hart in a statement.
Timmons earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Texas in Arlington and his law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law.
Prior to working at the college, he worked as counsel for the Fund, where he provided legal advice on the administration of the public pension program, human resource issues, and other administrative matters. He also conducted general civil litigation and drafted proposed regulations and legislation.
Timmons also had a law firm where he was the sole practitioner handling general corporate and litigation matters.
NMC previously had separate posts for human resource director and legal counsel. The college combined the two positions to reduce outside legal expenses.
Among Timmons' responsibilities at NMC is to direct employment activities, ensuring that qualified employees are recruited and hired for positions in accordance with policies.
He will also develop programs, policies, procedures and control regarding employment, and will analyze manpower, turnover, and other personnel statistics.
His other duties are developing, supervising and participating in new employee orientation and indoctrination programs.
He will also be responsible for representing the college in legal matters, provide advice and counsel to the college in the areas of board policies, strategic planning and development, land acquisition, staffing and personnel actions, contracts, management agreements, program proposals, and public-private partnership transactions.
The new counsel will also serve as contract administrator for all college contracts, grants, and affiliation agreements for compliance with federal and CNMI laws and regulations.