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May 13, 2011 > Lightbourne named director CA Dept of Social Services

Lightbourne named director CA Dept of Social Services

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Marina Hinestrosa

Santa Clara County Social Services Agency Director Will Lightbourne was named Director of the California Department of Social Services by California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley on April 29. Lightbourne will serve in this new post through an interagency agreement between the County of Santa Clara and the State of California.

"Will's departure will be a huge loss for Santa Clara County," said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith. "But I'm supportive of allowing the State to benefit from Will's significant leadership abilities in the Social Services arena."

As the Director of the California Department of Social Services, Lightbourne's responsibilities will include oversight of the State's public assistance programs, children's services, community care licensing, and adult safety-net services. He will serve as an "executive on loan" to the State.

"Our loss is a remarkable gain for our entire state, and each of the counties in California will benefit from Will's leadership," said President Dave Cortese, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors and Chair of the Board's Children, Senior and Families Committee. "We trust that Will's knowledge, experience and vision will be instrumental in redirecting priorities during challenging times and helping to transform the State's Social Services system for the better."

Lightbourne has served as the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency Director since 2000. During that time, Lightbourne has helped the Agency make great strides in modernizing public human services, configuring front-end services in the Department of Family and Children's Services, and moving the Agency toward implementation of a Centralized Client Services system in its Department of Employment and Benefits Services. This system should be implemented over the next few months.

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