(Front Royal) – County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley today announced the appointment of DeAnna Cheatham as the new Director of the Warren County Department of Social Services (DSS), effective July 1, 2017. Ms. Cheatham is currently employed as the County’s Assistant DSS Director, and her appointment follows outgoing DSS Director H. Elizabeth “Beth” Reavis’ retirement effective June 30, 2017.
Ms. Cheatham holds Master’s Degrees from Liberty University in Human Services Counseling and Business Administration and has more than 11 years of experience with the Virginia DSS. She began her DSS career in 2006 with the City of Franklin as an Employment Service Worker. During her career in Franklin, Ms. Cheatham also served as Social Worker, Senior Social Worker, Volunteer Domestic Violence Prevention Trainer, and Family Services Specialist Supervisor. In August 2016, she was hired by Warren County as the Assistant Director for the Department.
County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley said, “We are very excited about DeAnna being promoted to Director of the Warren County DSS. I have been extremely pleased by her growth over the past year as Assistant Director. DeAnna has an excellent background with 11+ years of progressively responsible work in social services as well as a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. In looking for someone to replace Beth, we hoped to find someone with her same exceptional interpersonal skills and a strong background in dealing with state, local, and community agencies; we think we have that in DeAnna and more. Her passion for social services and the clients we serve is clearly evident. We feel very confident that DeAnna will continue guiding the department forward in a positive manner and be an active and engaged member of the community.”
Social Services Advisory Board Chair William Crawford said, “I am very pleased with our selection of DeAnna Cheatham as the new Director. Her education and experience make her a perfect fit for this very challenging position. I’m very confident we will continue to develop a working relationship that ensures vital services offered by the Department continue to be managed and allocated as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
Ms. Cheatham said, “I am honored at being selected to lead an agency that plays such a vital role in the community. Ensuring that citizens receive needed assistance and maintaining the safety of our children and vulnerable members of the community is a priority. I look forward to cultivating and strengthening relationships with community partners to increase services and awareness of critical issues facing the County.”
County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley added, “I also would like to thank Beth Reavis for her service as Director over the past six years. Her experience and wealth of knowledge of the Virginia social services system has been an invaluable asset. Her dedication to not only the job but also to our community has been evident through her many acts of community service and her responsiveness to those in need. Under her guidance, the Warren County DSS has made great strides in both facility improvement and staff development, functioning at a high level of service expected of our agency.”
The Warren County DSS is located at 465 W. 15th Street, Suite 100, telephone (540) 635-3967. Office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.