Interim director appointed to lead Moore County DSS

The Moore County Department of Social Services (DSS) board appointed David Richmond as the new DSS director.

Following an extensive interview process with several highly qualified applicants, on Thursday, the board announced its unanimous selection of Richmond, an internal candidate who has most recently served as the department’s interim director.

Richmond has nearly 25 years of experience in social services, including almost 22 years in Richmond County, where his last position was as child protective services supervisor. Richmond joined Moore County DSS in 2021 as a social work supervisor III. He was promoted to social worker program administrator I in April 2023, deputy director in July 2023, and interim director in November 2023.

“The DSS Board members on the interview and selection team spent many hours preparing for interviews, reviewing duties of a DSS Director with legal counsel, conducting interviews of selected qualified applicants, and following up in review and discussions,” DSS board member Catherine Graham said in a press release. “Mr. Richmond has the advantage of working experience under the former director of the Moore County Department of Social Services and with current staff members. I am confident Mr. Richmond has adequate knowledge and experience to lead and supervise a staff with multiple responsibilities, will serve with integrity and distinction, and Moore County will continue to have an excellent Department of Social Services.”

Feature photo: Left to right are DSS board member Nikki Bradshaw, DSS Director David Richmond, and DSS board member Catherine Graham/Courtesy photo.

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