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County hires new director of social services

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From page A4 | July 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock has announced the appointment of Joan M. Planell as director of the Department of Employment & Social Services. Planell will fill the position currently held by Interim Director Ed Smith. Since 2008, she has served as deputy director of the Arlington County Human Services Department in Arlington, Va.

“Joan Planell has over 30 years’ experience in social service programs and brings national experience for serving clients in need and integrating services,” Blacklock said in a news release. “In addition to her technical background, I have great confidence that her leadership skills will help our team strengthen our programs and services as we implement major changes such as the Affordable Care Act.”

Before moving to Virginia, Planell was the director of social services in Montgomery County Maryland. She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Georgetown University and a master’s of social work and public policy, both from the University of Maryland.

“I am excited about moving to Yolo County and joining the Yolo County team,” she said in a news release. “I look forward to working with the department staff and community partners who serve the county’s children, adults and families and help them achieve their goals.”

Planell will assume her new responsibilities on Oct. 7. The annual salary range for this position is $144,276 to $175,368.

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  • Arlington residentJuly 31, 2013 - 6:30 pm

    Your county is making a great mistake by hiring Joan Planell as Director of Human Services. She is currently the deputy director at Arlington County Department of Human services and she is a horrible, weak, and unethical leader. She has the overall responsibility of the services provided by the 5 division chiefs within the county and she plays along with their unethical practices. For example, my friend was removed from volunteering at Arlington county department of human services' eligibility unit and she found out that her case manager, Aryls Cepeda was gossiping about her. She called her case manager and asked her about it and the very next day she was removed for her volunteer post. The Division chief Anita Friedman ( who by the way is Hispanic but married to a Jewish man) with the help of Joan Planell are engaged in a very unethical back and forth with my poor friend who is a single mother. They tried lying about my friend that she was violent at a meeting that they had with her to discuss the situation, but they didn't know that my friend had a voice recorder that proved that she was calm and professional at the meeting. Even with all the evidence proving them wrong, they still won't admit that they were wrong. My friend appealed their decision against her and they are now awaiting the appeals hearing.

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