Miller headed for confirmation as Orange County social services commissioner

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Miller, with County Human Resources Commissioner Steven Gross, left,
and Director of Operations Harry Porr

GOSHEN – The Human Services Committee of the Orange County Legislature voted to approve county Mental Health Commissioner Darcie Miller in a dual role as county social services commissioner.
County Executive Steven Neuhaus nominated her to the second post, but
the legislature sent her confirmation back to committee last month. Several
weeks ago, he named her acting social services commissioner.
The committee gave its nod saying Miller is up for the challenge.
She was asked by lawmakers how she would affect savings by running both departments, which at this point, would not be merged.
“We are serving some of the most needy people, the most vulnerable people in our community throughout those two departments so where savings would come in is where we have natural attrition where people leave and we do not have to replace, where the change in how Medicaid is being managed, which will go into effect supposedly in April 2018 and we are already are already beginning to prepare what that will mean for our workforce,” Miller said.
Miller will receive her full salary as mental health commissioner and a stipend for serving as social services commissioner, but what that will be is up to Neuhaus. He was not present at the meeting, but county Director of Cost Containment Harry Porr said it would be “prudent and fair” Miller.
The full legislature is expected to vote on her confirmation at a special session on Friday.




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