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Clark agency seeks new leader

Suver spent four decades with social services department.

Long-serving Clark County Job & Family Services Director Bob Suver has left his job and a search will get underway soon to replace the top administrator for the county’s umbrella social services department.

Suver said with his departure last Friday he will begin retirement from public service, which will include work on his 370-acre family farm in Bethel and Pike Twps., producing soybeans and corn. Suver also serves on the board of the National Association of Counties.

Suver, 62, listed his top accomplishments as starting the Marriage Resource Center, Project Jericho, an arts program for at-risk youth, a prison re-entry program, and early adoption of programming to assist fathers.

He began the top job in 1994, but was assistant director starting since 1976. He was hired as the department’s chief fiscal officer in 1973 after graduating from Ohio University in Athens with a degree in business.

“I’m an anomaly. Most people change their job every six years,” he said Thursday. “I have been with the same organization 40 years. It’s been extremely fulfilling, challenging, and never dull. I have appreciated the relationships with the staff and the community.”

In the time Suver has worked for the county, his department has grown from what was once known as the Welfare Department to take on child support enforcement, workforce development, and managing the county garage. During his tenure, the Clark County Children’s Home was privatized and eventually closed. The department now employs 210 people and has a budget of $36 million, Suver said.

Suver said he let County Administrator Nathan Kennedy know two weeks earlier that he planned to retire.

Clark County Commissioners President Rick Lohnes praised Suver.

“Bob’s organization, and the great things that have happened there, and the great things for the community, are a testament to his leadership,” he said.

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