County Administrator and Social Services Board Chair Paul McCulla announced today that Shel Bolyard-Douglas has been hired as the next Director of the Department of Social Services. Ms. Douglas will replace current Director Jack Ledden who previously announced his retirement effective August 1, 2020. Jack Ledden served as the County’s Director of Social Services for three and one-half years following longtime Social Services Director Jan Selbo. “I want to thank Jack for his service to the citizens of the County. He was able to build on Ms. Selbo’s successes and has positioned the Department to face the many challenges in providing services to our most vulnerable. One of Jack’s many accomplishments was to strengthen our Domestic Violence and Adult Protective Services Programs. Jack’s leadership, enthusiasm and infectious happiness will be missed.” McCulla stated.
While Jack will be missed we have been very fortunate to hire Shel Bolyard-Douglas as our next Director of the Department of Social Services. Ms. Douglas comes to the County with more than 30 years of experience in the social services field, having served most recently for 9 years as the Director of the Prince George County Department of Social Services in Prince George County, Virginia. “The Selection Committee felt that Ms. Douglas’ high level of experience and love for her work in providing services to those in need made her the perfect fit for the job of Director of the Fauquier County Department of Social Services. I am most happy to welcome her to the Fauquier County family.” McCulla said.
Ms. Douglas’ experience includes 9 years as the Director of Social Services in Prince George, Virginia. Prior to that position Ms. Douglas was the Director of the Dinwiddie County Department of Social Services. Ms. Douglas holds a Masters of Social Work from the Virginia Commonwealth University and is a member of the Virginia League of Social Services Executives.