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Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County’s Social Services Director Sandy Coletta’s nearly 40 years of service with the county will come to an end when she retires at the end of April. The Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution honoring Coletta at its meeting on April 21, commending her extraordinary impact on those in need.
Human Resources Director Carolyn Miller said in introducing the resolution that Coletta has held one of the most challenging jobs in county government and will be missed as a valuable member of the county team.
Coletta first started work with the county in 1974 as an eligibility specialist in Social Services and held various positions in the Economic Services Division before being named Social Services Director in 2007.
Commissioner Walter Petty presented the resolution, which recognized that Coletta is a “person who can be counted on for insight, thoughtfulness, determination and commitment to the mission of public service.”
The resolution noted that during Coletta’s 40-year tenure, the role of the department expanded substantially and faced major changes, including implementation of a paperless system, an overhaul of public assistance programs, and the return of the daycare subsidy program under the umbrella of the department.
County Manager Charlie Horne said, “I congratulate and wish Sandy a very blessed retirement. Her legacy with Chatham County is the stuff of legend. Her knowledge, expertise and compassion for those she served are imprinted on the Department of Social Services.”
Horne added that Coletta has personified servant leadership, a uniquely valuable role. “This makes it a very bittersweet time because we are happy for her, but we hate to see her go.”
Coletta said in accepting the resolution that “working for Chatham County was an opportunity. It meant working with great people and the chance to make a difference.”
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