Mayor's Office

Press Release




Omar ReidFebruary 10, 2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker has named Omar Reid as the new director for the City of Houston Department of Human Resources.  Reid, whose appointment is subject to City Council confirmation, has served as regional human resource manager for United Parcel Service since 2005.  He has more than two decades of service with UPS beginning in an entry level position.


“I am pleased that someone of Omar Reid’s caliber has agreed to join the City of Houston,” said Mayor Parker.  “Due to his extensive experience in a different industry, he’ll bring new perspective and ideas to the city.  He also has valuable experience working with unions that will be helpful in establishing a strong, respectful relationship with the city’s relatively new employee union, HOPE.”


Reid has an MBA from Texas Southern University and a BBA from the University of Houston, Downtown.  As regional human resource manager for UPS, he was responsible for the management of 4,800 employees and 15 human resources supervisors and an annual budget of $12 million.  He also served as supervisor for intra-corporate communication, development, benefits, hiring and retention.


Reid is Chairman of the Board for the Fourth Ward Redevelopment Authority and Tax Reinvestment Zone, a position he has held since 2007.  His other leadership accomplishments include serving as District Coordinator for the United Negro College Fund Walk-A-Thon, completion of Leadership Houston Class 22 and being named Outstanding Manager by UPS in 2003 and 2005.  He has served on the Board of Deacons for Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and on the Board of Directors of Big Brother, Big Sister.


Mayor Parker expects to place Reid’s name for confirmation on the February 24, 2010 City Council agenda.  He is scheduled to begin work for the city on March 1, 2010.  Human resources has been without a permanent director since Lonnie Vara retired on June 30, 2006.  In the interim, Candy Aldridge has been serving admirably as acting director.  She will remain with the department.