Montgomery County Strengthens Leadership Team

On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the Montgomery County Commissioners approved two personnel appointments designed to bolster the leadership structure of the County.

Tom Kelley, the Director of the Office of Family & Children First, was named Assistant County Administrator – Human Services.  In addition, the Commissioners appointed Erik Collins as Director of Community & Economic Development.

“These appointments reflect the County Commissioners’ commitment to ensuring that we have an experienced team in place that can successfully lead our initiatives for the benefit of our citizens and businesses,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman.  “Tom and Erik have over four decades of combined County government experience that will be invaluable to moving our County forward.”

Mr. Kelley, in his duties as Assistant County Administrator – Human Services, will provide leadership for all human services activities for the Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners, coordinating an integrated strategy for the Human Services Levy, Housing and Homeless Services, Job & Family Services, The Job Center, Stillwater Center, Criminal Justice and a variety of initiatives.  Mr. Kelley began his career with Montgomery County in 1992.  During his career, he was responsible for leading the nationally recognized Human Services Levy process, the strategic initiatives of the Family and Children First Council and implementing the Housing and Homeless Services system in Montgomery County into a more collaborative strategic model. Mr. Kelley will continue his role as Director of the Office of Family & Children First.  He is a graduate of Central State University and a member of Leadership Dayton Class of 1997.

As Montgomery County C&ED Director, Mr. Collins will be responsible leading the development and implementation of the County’s strategic community and economic development initiatives, coordinating with public and private sector leadership to recruit and retain business and industry, manage the Montgomery County Economic Development/Government Equity (ED/GE) Program that provides grant and tax sharing opportunities to jurisdictions, and manage the Montgomery County Planning Commission and Building Regulations for various townships and cities in the county.  Mr. Collins was instrumental in developing the nationally recognized business retention and expansion initiative known as Business First! for a Greater Dayton Region and was a major contributor to the leadership team that worked on bring Collective Brands, Caterpillar and WilmerHale to Montgomery County.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Economic Development Association, has served on several Boards of Directors locally and is a pas President of the I-70/75 Development Association, a regional economic development association comprised of eight counties.  He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Dayton.  Mr. Collins previously held the position of Montgomery County Economic Development Manager and has been serving as Interim Director.  He is a graduate of Wright State University and Antioch University.

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