COLUMBUS – The Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB) announced today that Bridget Gargan, the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, will retire this month after leading the organization for nearly nine years. Gargan, who spent more than two decades lobbying state lawmakers and elected officials on behalf of the Ohio Hospital Association before joining OACB, was appointed to her current position in 2013.
“Throughout my time at OACB, I have been fortunate to do some of the most meaningful, exhilarating, and challenging work of my career,” Gargan said. “I am profoundly grateful to the county boards for allowing me to help them lead a system that has impacted the lives of so many people in our state.”
Steven M. Licciardi, president of the OACB Board of Trustees and board member at the Cuyahoga County Board of DD, praised Gargan’s accomplishments and years of service upon announcing her retirement.
“Bridget has been a tireless advocate for county boards and people with developmental disabilities since day one,” Licciardi said. “Always pushing for changes that will improve the lives of the people we serve and their families, Bridget’s driving philosophy is grounded in a deep sense of empathy and the fundamental belief that the dignity of those we serve must outweigh all other considerations.”
“As the brother of a person served in our system, I am grateful that Bridget has been in our corner for all these years,” he continued. “We know her retirement is well-earned, but she will be missed.”
In addition to announcing Gargan’s retirement, the association’s board of trustees also announced that Adam Herman, currently the association’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), will become the association’s interim CEO.
A former legislative staff member, government communications professional, and strategic advisor to state and local elected officials, Herman joined the association in 2011 as its communications director. He was later named COO in January 2021 after leading various major aspects of the association’s day-to-day operations for several years.
“I am humbled to be entrusted with this important role supporting county boards at such a critical point in their history,” Herman said. “Our system requires unprecedented collaboration and partnership in the months and years ahead to overcome its current challenges, but I have every faith that county boards can continue to meet and exceed the expectations of the nearly 100,000 people they support as they always have for the past 55 years.”
Gargan’s retirement becomes effective on April 11, at which point Herman will assume interim CEO duties.
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