Debbie Owen

Debbie Owen brings more than 20 years of experience providing classification and compensation consulting services to public sector agencies. She has worked with clients across local government including cities, counties, special districts, and transit agencies. She has served either as a project team member or as a project manager. Prior to beginning her public sector consulting career, Debbie worked as a Compensation and Benefits Specialist in the private sector for five years.

In 1992, Debbie obtained her certification as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) from the American Compensation Association (now WorldatWork). To ensure current knowledge of compensation and benefits program trends and best practices, she maintains active membership in the WorldatWork organization.

Her specialized, diverse experience includes serving as a project team member on classification projects by facilitating employee orientation sessions, conducting employee job evaluation meetings, researching/evaluating classification concepts, analyzing data for employee allocations, developing/revising classification specifications and preparing classification reports.

Debbie's compensation experience includes base salary or total compensation survey development, labor market agency research and recommendations, comparable agency job matching, compensation data analysis, salary recommendations and preparing compensation reports. In addition to serving as a team member, Debbie has often served as a project manager, working with clients to evaluate their classification and compensation needs, directing the work of teams to provide high quality deliverables consistent with best practices, and presenting study findings to client stakeholders.

Debbie came to Gallagher from Koff & Associates, a full-spectrum human resources and recruiting services firm serving the public sector. K&A joined Gallagher in 2021.