Montgomery County Announces New Associate Director of Children Services

HUE12_2021_06_16_9999_9Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services has promoted Craig Rickett to Associate Director for Children Services. Rickett is a Licensed Social Worker and has most recently served as a Manager for Family Preservation.

“Craig is a seasoned Montgomery County team member who has an incredible knowledge base that will help address challenges Children Services workers face day to day,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge. “This position will allow him to merge that wealth of experience with a fresh leadership perspective that will better align the department’s daily mission with its strategic vision. We are very excited to promote from within and watch Craig do great things for Montgomery County.”

Rickett has 29 years of experience in child welfare and has served Montgomery County for 22 of those years.

Starting with the County in 1991 as a Protective Services caseworker, he has since served in numerus caseworker, supervisory and management roles in intake/assessments, ongoing services, adoption, CARE House and permanency planning. In his most recent role, he managed five family preservation units and the juvenile delinquency unit.

“Our team members and community partners speak very highly of Craig. He remained a stabilizing force during the pandemic as he navigated barriers and helped his staff effectively manage cases virtually,” said Director of Montgomery County Job and Family Services Michelle Niedermier. “Craig has a passion for serving and knows first-hand what it takes to protect our children. He is truly the best candidate for the role.”

Rickett served on the Ohio Statewide Permanency Roundtable Advisory Board from 2014 to 2018. He has also led numerous program implementations at Montgomery County Children Services.

“Through his many years with us, Craig established the lines of communication and trust that are vital to succeed in this role," said County Administrator Michael Colbert. "As the supervisor of CARE House, Craig was integral to the partnership with Dayton Children’s Hospital, our Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement agencies to review cases of abuse, share resources and indicate a plan of action to best protect children. The relationships already exist and will only continue to grow stronger.”


Mason Montgomery, Montgomery County Children Services’ PGO President, added, “Craig has always been proactive in reaching out to our PGO union about issues that might interest and concern us. He has a long history of working with our members. They respect him, and I know we will have a smooth transition as he assumes this key leadership role."

Rickett is a University of Dayton graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. He also holds a Master’s in Social Work from The Ohio State University.

Rickett’s promotion to Associate Director was approved by the Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners at their weekly meeting Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

“I am honored to assume this role. Each step I’ve taken in my career has prepared me for it. I look forward to working with my team and continuing the close collaboration with our partner agencies and members of the community to protect our children and strengthen their families,” said Craig Rickett, Montgomery County’s new Associate Director of Children Services.