Florida man chosen to head Balto. County social services


A Woodlawn-area native who spent a quarter-century working in social and human services in Maryland before moving to Florida in 1993 has been tapped to lead Baltimore County's Department of Social Services.

If his appointment is approved by the County Council this month, Timothy W. Griffith, 58, said he wants to immediately begin work overseeing the department, which has 644 employees and a $36 million operating budget. He would take over for Marci Van De Mark, the agency's interim director since Barbara Gradet left last summer.

County and state officials said in a joint news release that the decision to hire Griffith was one thatCounty Executive James T. Smith Jr. and state Department of Human Resources Secretary Christopher J. McCabe mutually agreed on.

Griffith, who has a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania, said he is ready to get back into the public sector. He most recently was deputy executive director for a private behavioral health care company in Florida.

The Baltimore County job is a "big responsibility, but I'm excited about it," said Griffith, who lives in Fort Lauderdale.

In Maryland, during the late 1970s and the 1980s, Griffith headed the social services departments for Washington and Kent counties.

He was executive assistant to Gov. William Donald Schaefer from 1988 to 1991 and executive director of what is now the Family Investment Administration from 1991 to 1993 before moving to Florida.

Council members are scheduled to discuss Griffith's appointment at a work session Tuesday.

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