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Former Helicopter Pilot Lands City HR Job

The city of Hyattsville hires their first director of human resources.

Army attack helicopter pilot to human resources professional may not seem like the most natural of job progressions, but it made perfect sense to the city of

The 23-year Army veteran actually did three tours of duty in personnel during his service, so after retiring in 1990 he chose human resources as his second career.

Vermillion has spent most of the last 22 years working in human resources in the private sector, but as a former political science major, he's always been interested in politics. He thinks his new position is a perfect combination of his skills and interests and is looking forward to working for the city of Hyattsville.

"This is a place that I want to be and I pledge to this body that I will do my best to fulfill my duties not only to this board but to the people of Hyattsville," Vermillion said to the city council and mayor at last night's special council meeting.

In the coming weeks, Vermillion hopes to meet with each person on the council to hear their concerns and priorities for staffing and human resources policy for city employees.

"Thank you for the confidence you have shown in choosing me as your human resources director," said Vermillion.

Vermillion lives in New Market, Va. with his wife of 43 years, Nancy, who is recently retired. This will likely be Vermillion's last fulltime job as he plans to follow his wife into retirement a few years, but not before building the city of Hyattsville's human resources program and giving it a good start.

He hopes to have a strong program to pass on to his successor down the road. 

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