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Youth Service Bureau seeks new executive director

DeKALB – The DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau hopes to hire a new executive director by the end of June after parting ways with the man who served in the position for five years.

Board members declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding former executive director Jason Nicol’s departure from the agency, but Youth Service Bureau Board Chairman Shawn Blobaum said Nicol has been gone for about a month.

Nicol had served as executive director since Jan. 1, 2009, after working at the agency since 2005 as a program coordinator and therapist. He could not be reached for comment.

John Noreiko, the chief financial officer and office manager for the bureau, was appointed as interim director in mid-March.

The executive director is responsible for planning, organization and administration of all programs and activities conducted by the nonprofit agency, which provides therapeutic, mentoring and education services to youth and their families throughout DeKalb County.

“We’re moving forward and services are going on as planned,” Blobaum said.

Candidates for the position will be pared down by a steering committee led by board member Keri Nelson, who said the committee will accept applications until May 1.

“We’d love for someone who’s connected in the DeKalb County community and who understands YSB’s role in the community,” Nelson said. “YSB has been around for 40-plus years, and we want to ensure YSB continues to be a leader.”

The job posting calls for a candidate with a master’s degree in social work or in the social or human services field with between three and five years of experience in human services administration. Whoever is selected for the position will earn between $44,000 and $52,000 annually.

Candidates will be interviewed by the steering committee, staff and the full board. The board expects the new executive director to be selected and in place by June 30.

Nelson said the board wants the new director to build on the agency’s success.

“We’re not interested in shaking things up,” Nelson said. “We just want to stay relevant and provide services to children and their families in DeKalb County.”

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