Mary Beth Bernard

Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources presented the 35th Emil Skop Award to former MMHR Chair and Wrentham Human Resources Director Mary Beth Bernard during its annual Fall Conference on Oct. 22.

The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of municipal human resources management and a positive impact on the association and its members.

Bernard started her municipal career as the human resources director in Westwood, where she spent 11 years before becoming Foxborough’s assistant town manager in 2014. Last year, she moved to her current role in Wrentham.

Throughout her career, Bernard has developed a reputation for always being willing to help, providing mentorship to numerous peers in the field.

Bernard has been an active and loyal member of the MMHR, serving on the Board for many years and championing many new initiatives. She led the charge to change the association’s name to the Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources association in 2019 and played a key role in launching the association’s annual Fall Conference.

MMHR began as the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association in 1956, and the name was changed in 2019 to reflect the evolution of the field.