Prior to taking his job with the city, Mr. Benefield was a Regulatory Affairs Coordinator with Halliburton Company. He also spent time as a Regulations, Safety and Training Coordinator, and as a Health, Safety, and Environment Coordinator for Halliburton Energy Services. He specilized in Health, Safety, and Environmental issues. He also spent much of his time researching and coordinating state and federal regulations such as OSHA, EPA, DOT, etc. for Halliburton facilities and operations in thirteen states. As Director of Human Resources and Risk Management, his primary focus is to coordinate the City's insurance programs, manage the safety programs, and oversee the Human Resources functions. Gary holds a BA Degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He is also a licensed Workers' Compensation adjuster, and has attained certifications in the areas of Safety and Environment.