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Social services proceeding on hiring director
Announcement possible by end of the month
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Henry-Martinsville Social Services hopes to announce the hiring of a new director by the end of April, according to the agency’s board chairman.
Former director Amy Tuttle, who headed the agency for five years, retired March 1.
Board Chairman Carolyn Byrd said she understands about 70 applications were received for the position. Applications were sent to the Virginia Department of Social Services.
A panel of local and state social services officials, as well as the director of a local social services department elsewhere, is reviewing the applications to determine which candidates are suitable for the job, Byrd said.
The top three will be interviewed by the agency’s board, she said, adding that she hopes interviews can start soon.
At least one or two employees of the local agency applied, Byrd said. However, that does not necessarily give them an advantage, she indicated.
“We’re looking for the best qualified person,” she said. “It’s a very demanding job.”
The agency had planned to advertise the job internally first. However, Byrd said “we just decided that we’d go ahead and put the job out there (conduct a statewide search) to be thorough.”
Agency employees were surveyed to find out what personal traits and skills they think the new director should have. Byrd declined to discuss the survey, but said the results were helpful to officials involved in the search.
Tuttle started at the agency in September 2007. Before that, she spent more than 30 years at the Rockingham County (N.C.) Department of Social Services. Her last job there was assistant director.
She oversaw the local agency’s move from a cramped building uptown to the more spacious former MZM-Athena building at Clearview Business Park. She also helped the agency deal with rising public assistance caseloads in recent years as a result of local economic setbacks.