A new but familiar official has been hired to fill the position of director of the Macomb County Department of Human Resources and Labor Relations.

Karlyn Semlow, who has served the past 11 years as assistant manager, was hired last month by the unanimous decision of the County Board of Commissioners. She replaces Andrew McKinnon, who was promoted in March from director of human resources to one of the county’s four deputy leadership positions.

Semlow was praised by McKinnon, who spoke about her at the meeting and in a letter.

“She’s a consummate professional,” McKinnon told the board. “I really can’t say enough glowing things. It is truly the engine that drives human relations and work relations forward.

He said that out of 19 applicants, she was the only one to meet all the minimum qualifications with the preferred completion of a master’s degree in human resources.

“Karlyn has an extraordinary reputation inside and outside the county,” he wrote in the letter to council. “She was determined to be the best qualified by a substantial margin.”

Semlow told the commissioners: “I grew up here. I’ve never been more proud to work in Macomb County than I am right now with everything we’ve been through with COVID.

Semlow began working in county human resources in 2000 when she was hired as a human resources coordinator. She was promoted to Deputy Director in 2011, a position she held until her new appointment.

The director’s salary range is $100,500 to $143,000 while the assistant director’s is $89,500 to $127,500, according to the 2022 county budget.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oakland University in Rochester.

She resides in Chesterfield Township with her husband and two daughters.