Jan Flora is leaving the Carroll County Bureau of Aging, where she has worked for 24 years, to fill a newly created position with the Department of Citizen Services. But she is not leaving the seniors that she has guided and will still be a familiar face at the county's five senior centers.
In the new job, she will coordinate projects, such as the county's new discount prescription card initiative and Carroll's Continuum of Care program.
Flora, who has been bureau chief since 1991, will also handle the American With Disabilities Act program as well as craft citizen services' annual report and a summary of the department's performance outcome measures.
The retirement of client services supervisor Sharon Baker gave the department an opportunity to reorganize, said Jolene Sullivan, citizen services director.
"There was a place in our department where I needed more assistance and more administrative support," Sullivan said. "Jan's organizational skills fit perfectly with the job."
Flora's sense of departmental history will also prove beneficial to the staff and to the service programs, Sullivan said.
The bureau's fiscal supervisor, Karen Lewns, who has 18 years in the county's employ, has been named acting chief of the Bureau of Aging. When Sullivan introduced Lewns to the commissioners last week, the acting chief immediately made a pitch for volunteers for this winter's clear path program.
"We have a waiting list of seniors who will need their walks cleaned of snow this winter," she said. "We are making a real push for volunteers."
Commissioner Dean L. Minnich praised the forethought involved in Flora's promotion and the creation of a new job.
"We encourage all the departments to constantly look at succession planning and the way you are organized," Minnich said. "It is great when you come up with initiatives like this, especially in light of the fact that we will have a lot more seniors in the coming years."