CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)- Mecklenburg County has a new director for the Department of Social Services.
Interim County Manager Bobbie Shields announced that Peggy Eagan will start as director on June 17.
"I have an entire process that I'll put in place to assess every nook and cranny of DSS" Eagan says. "I believe in effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and accountability and I will apply those across the board in all five divisions I will be responsible for."
Mecklenburg County DSS has a budget of more than $161M; with 1,200 workers, and 256,000 people receiving service of some sort.
Eagan, a licensed social worker with 30 years experience, will make $158,000 a year, and oversee Public Assistance programs; Services for seniors and adults with disabilities; protective services for children and adults.
The county wants her to form a new organizational model for Human Services.