Suzanne Wright to lead consolidated agency

Published 8:50 am Thursday, May 31, 2018

Following the unanimous decision by county commissioners in April to consolidate the county’s health and human service agencies, a new director has been named.

At the first meeting of the Davie County Consolidated Human Services (CHS) Board, members assessed applicants and selected the county’s current public health director, Suzanne Wright, as the new Davie County CHS Director.

Wright has served as the Davie County Public Health Director for the past nine years and has a total of 27 years of experience as a public sector leader.  She is a UNC-Greensboro graduate and holds a master’s degree in public health.

“Mrs. Wright is uniquely qualified as she has a clear vision of how consolidated human services  should operate and has experience with mergers. She has the full support of the board and we look for a smooth transition into an organization that will serve the needs of our growing county population with increased services and efficiency,” said Carl Davidson, chair of the Davie County Consolidated Human Services Board.

The consolidation merges staff and leadership from five departments – Social Services, Veterans Services, Senior Services, Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center and Public Health – into one extended service family. While this “extended service family” will not be housed in one building, it will allow entities to work together to provide comprehensive services to consumers, improve internal efficiencies and potentially save county dollars by maximizing revenue opportunities.

“Davie residents are accustomed to and deserving of consistent quality services provided by friendly and familiar faces.  Consolidation will be a historic realignment of service provision for Davie County and its residents, and I am excited about the opportunity to lead this effort in a manner that supports community expectations,” said Wright.