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.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

NY to DC in 29 minutes? Elon Musk says he has verbal OK to build Hyperloop
NY to DC in 29 minutes? Elon Musk says he has verbal OK to build Hyperloop

A train ride from New York to Washington, D.C., in 29 minutes? Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said it’s possible, and added that a plan to build a Hyperloop One underground tube train has been given “verbal (government) approval,” NPR reported. >> Read more trending news Musk said that the Hyperloop’s planned route would...
‘I was just tired’: Man admits to throwing, killing 3-month-old son
‘I was just tired’: Man admits to throwing, killing 3-month-old son

A Kentucky man, claiming he was “just tired” when his 3-month-old son would not stop crying, admitting to throwing and killing the boy, WLKY reported. >> Read more trending news Cody Bates, of Louisville, is charged with the June death of the baby.  He is at Metro Corrections on a $1 million bond. Bates originally told police...
Chick-fil-A employee saves co-worker from choking
Chick-fil-A employee saves co-worker from choking

A fast-thinking employee at a Colorado Chick-fil-A restaurant saved a co-worker who was choking, ABC News reported. >> Read more trending news Andrew Myrant was on his break at the restaurant in Highlands Ranch when a co-worker signaled he was choking, ABC News reported. A video captured Myrant quickly coming to his co-worker’s aid and...
Disney building the world's first Marvel hotel
Disney building the world's first Marvel hotel

It’s a hotel that Disney is hoping guests will marvel at. >> Read more trending news Disney’s Hotel New York, a 565-room property near Disneyland Paris’ Disneytown. will be renovated to feature the props, drawings and costumes from Marvel films, television shows and comic books, Travel & Leisure reported. The Art of Marvel will...
Michigan man says he killed stepdaughter because 'it wasn't dinnertime'
Michigan man says he killed stepdaughter because 'it wasn't dinnertime'

A Michigan man on trial for the murder of his 5-year-old stepdaughter said he killed the girl because “it wasn’t dinnertime.” >> Read more trending news Thomas McClellan, 25, already had admitted to the stabbing death of Luna Younger, the Lansing State Journal reported. During a recorded interview, Detective Charles Buckland...
More Stories