Civil Service director Shannon Templet has left the top job at the state government agency that oversees personnel practices and pay for about 37,500 classified employees.

Templet has been hired away by the Louisiana House of Representatives and is now its director of human resources. Her duties involve handling personnel issues involving legislators and their assistants, full- and part-time House staff as well as session employees — more than 400 individuals.

The change has also meant a $10,000 bump in annual pay. Templet made $147,200 a year at Civil Service. The House job will pay her $157,000 a year.

Templet takes over from Noel Hunt, who had retired from the House job but returned as acting director after Hunt’s replacement left more than a year ago.

Templet’s departure from Civil Service comes at the end of tumultuous years that included major state employee layoffs and changes in employee pay policies, including implementation of a system linking job performance to pay.

Templet told the State Civil Service Commission she had “bittersweet feelings” about leaving, saying it has been “an honor and privilege to serve this commission and the Department of Civil Service.

“I have no doubt that Louisiana State Civil Service will continue to be one of the top systems in the nation under your direction and through the competent skills and abilities of the Civil Service team,” she said.

The commission will launch a nationwide search for Templet’s successor. It is up to the commission as to when the position opening will be announced. The next commission meeting is Oct. 7.

The commission appointed Deputy Director Byron P. Decoteau Jr. as interim director. Decoteau has more than 15 years of human resources experience.

Templet has been director of state government’s employment agency since 2009 when she beat out 89 other applicants for the job after a nationally advertised search.

The salary range for the classified — nonpolitical — position is $71,365 to $150,176.

Templet had been Civil Service’s accountability division chief prior to becoming director. She has more than 20 years of human resources experience in state government.

The Prairieville resident has a finance degree from LSU. She’s on the board of the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System.

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