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by Ryan Carter
|Williams named DD superintendent|
|Source: Record Herold|
|Published Monday, August 16, 2010 7:00 am|
came down to "three excellent candidates" for the newest superintendent
of the Fayette County Board of Developmental Disabilities, board
members said, but Powell native Fred L. Williams stood above the rest.
who has over 24 years of management experience in complex health and
human services environments, was recently named as the replacement for
Steve Hilgeman, who is retiring Aug. 27.
"He (Williams) is just
exceptional," said Caryl Bookman, a member of the Board of DD and the
head of the search committee. "We were really blessed to have Steve and
we are blessed to have Fred come in after him."
process began with 12 applicants, nine were interviewed and then it was
narrowed down to three - Williams, Lori Horvath of Pickaway County and
Teresa Borden of Washington C.H.
"The final three are all such good candidates but we just felt that Fred was the most qualified," said Bookman.
Williams, who could not be reached for comment, will begin his duties on Monday, Aug. 30.
to the board, Williams is excellent at administering and providing
high-quality and consumer-oriented programs in a cost-effective manner.
He also has a reputation for transforming struggling agencies into
From 2005-09, Williams was the assistant director at
the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in Columbus. There, he
managed a workforce of over 800 staff members and a budget in excess of
In 2004 and 2005, Williams was a consultant for the
Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities,
Southwest Ohio Developmental Center in Batavia. He served as interim
chief executive officer for an 111-bed residential treatment facility
with a budget in excess of $20 million and 200 staff members, during a
time of transition.
From 1999 to 2004, Williams was the deputy
director for the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental
Disabilities in Columbus. He was responsible for direct supervision of
developmental centers superintendents, the capital improvement and
housing program, as well as the consumer health and safety unit.
1996 to 1999, he was the assistant deputy director at the Ohio
Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities,
Division of Developmental Centers, in Columbus. Williams was directly
responsible for program implementation and design for 12 developmental
centers in the state. His duties included managing a budget in excess of
$12 million annually, overseeing quality systems and conducting
investigations as needed.
Williams, a Miami University graduate,
was the superintendent of the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and
Developmental Disabilities in Dayton from 1983 to 1996. He was directly
responsible for an 104-bed residential treatment facility. His duties
included managing a budget in excess of $10 million and supervising 200
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