Jones, Curry to lead restructured human services departments
Two key leadership appointments have been made following the reorganization of Ramsey County's Community Human Services department into two new departments on Dec. 22, 2015.
Womazetta Jones has been named Director of Social Services. This new department combines the divisions of Adult Services and Children & Family Services with nearly 680 employees responsible for adult protection, child protection, mental and chemical health services, foster and child care licensing, senior and disability services and adoptions.
Jones joined Ramsey County as Director of the Children and Family Services division in 2013. Prior to that, she worked at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for several years in a number of roles, most recently Deputy Bureau Chief responsible for statewide child protection practices. Jones holds a master's degree in psychology from Chicago State University.
Tina Curry has been named Director of Financial Assistance Services. Previously a division within Community Human Services, the 370 employees of Financial Assistance Services provide financial, food, medical, child care and shelter assistance for residents of Ramsey County.
Curry began working at Ramsey County in 2007 as a manager in child protection. For the past three years, she has led the Financial Services division. Curry holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota.
Nearly 135,000 Ramsey County residents utilize services offered by these two departments each day. Following the new vision, mission and goals set out by the County Board in 2015 and subsequent establishment of the Service Team management structure, the new, smaller departments will be more nimble in serving changing resident and community needs and will be better balanced within the Health and Wellness Service Team. In addition, the new structure provides clearer opportunities for collaboration with key partner/peer counties whose organizations are similarly aligned.
Jones and Curry report to Deputy County Manager Meghan Mohs, who has led the Health and Wellness Service Team since August 2015.
"Womazetta and Tina have proven themselves as exceptional leaders at Ramsey County," said Mohs. "Each of them brings their own unique wealth of knowledge and experience to these critical roles during this exciting and transitional time."