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Originally published: 2014-03-05 09:34:08
Last modified: 2014-03-05 13:24:38

Commissioners unanimously appoint Hughes to head social services department

by Staff Reports

The Watauga County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday announced the appointment of Tom Hughes to the position of social services director. Jim Atkinson, current director, announced his retirement to be effective April 1.

The board of commissioners unanimously appointed Mr. Hughes to serve as Watauga County Social Services Director effective April 2.

Hughes is no stranger to Watauga County, serving 11 years with the social services Department; five years as the children's services social worker and six years as the supervisor for child protective services.

Hughes presently serves as the Social Services director for Avery County, a post he has held for six years.

As the new director, Highes will lead a department with a budget of more than $5 million and 46 employees who provide services to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, the unemployed and underemployed, and those receiving public assistance.