DETERMINED. COMPASSIONATE. PRINCIPLED.
With a degree in Finance and an MBA Kim Kinblom was ready for what life would offer. Her plan was to move to a big city after graduation to start her career but a different opportunity presented itself and that changed everything. A job as a human resource manager with a company of 300 employees in a remote place she had never been presented the opportunity of a lifetime. Over the next four years Kinbloom built a department from scratch, learning along the way what it takes to be successful in the real world and paving the way for her current position as Director of Personnel for Clinton County.
Current Business & Job Title: Clinton County Personnel Director/Deputy County Administrator
Hometown: Plattsburgh, NY
Education: MBA Clarkson University, BS in Finance from SUNY Plattsburgh, SHRM-CP Certification
Community Involvement: Champlain Valley Educational Services Advisory Committee, Clinton County Board of Ethics
What’s the single most important characteristic for success?
I don’t believe there is one single characteristic for success. Rather you must embody several
characteristics. Determination, compassion and a firm commitment to your principles.
What’s your biggest professional success?
My biggest professional success was being selected as the Personnel Director for Clinton County. At 28 years old I was given the responsibility of handling the civil service laws and regulations for all municipalities in the county, which has approximately 3,000 civil servant positions. My team and I also provide all aspects of labor relations functions for over 800 employees.
What important lesson have you learned in your career?
Always be willing to go the extra mile. Under promise and over deliver. Present solutions rather than just problems. Anticipate questions or requests and be prepared. Be willing and available to help. Do what you say you will do and tell people the truth regardless of how difficult it may be.
How do you contribute to the culture of your company?
I believe dedication and passion are engrained in the culture of public service. In my position as the Personnel Director and Civil Service Administrator I have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in our workforce culture by ensuring people are hired based on merit and fitness, supported by policies and procedures which are transparent and encouraged to self-promote throughout their careers by offering promotional levels, training and higher educational reimbursement. I strive to be open and easily approachable. It helps employees know I will advocate on their behalf. My philosophy is being supportive of the employees which fosters a positive culture where all can strive for long term success.
What is something that no one would guess about you?
I married my high school sweetheart, I love trying new craft beers and during quarantine, we became the proud owners of six ducks.
Write a note to your younger self…
Don’t linger on the mistakes you’ve made. Be confident, be brave, be spontaneous. It’s okay if life isn’t going exactly how you planned, and stop writing those to-do lists!