Montgomery County names new Job & Family Services director

Michelle Niedermier has been named the new Director of Montgomery County Job and Family Services (JFS). Currently serving as Lucas County JFS Director, Niedermier will begin her new role with Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 17. SUBMITTED
Michelle Niedermier has been named the new Director of Montgomery County Job and Family Services (JFS). Currently serving as Lucas County JFS Director, Niedermier will begin her new role with Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 17. SUBMITTED

Michelle Niedermier has been named the new director of Montgomery County Job & Family Services. Currently Lucas County JFS Director, she begins her new role with Montgomery County on Dec. 17.

“Michelle’s executive level management history and her experience with large scale change management strategies give us great confidence in her,” said Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert. “She’s shown a strong commitment toward building support organizations and community collaborations, so we believe she can help us chart a course forward that supports the vision of our County Commissioners.”

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The department, with a 2018 budget of $151.8 million and 928 positions, administers a host of federal and state assistance and enforcement programs.

Niedermier will report to Tom Kelley, who has had a dual role including the county’s JFS director but will continue solely as an assistant county administrator, according to the county.

Niedermier will be responsible for leading the daily operations of JFS, which includes Family Assistance, Child Support Enforcement, Children Services, and Support Services and Operations. She will be paid $140,004.80 annually, according to the county.

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Kelley will work with Niedermier during the transition, and he will continue to oversee all human services departments: Job and Family Services, Human Services Planning and Development, Family and Children First, Homeless and Housing Initiatives, the Office of Ex-Offender Reentry and the Stillwater Center.

Beginning with Lucas County in 2005 as fiscal manager, Niedermier became that county’s JFS director in 2016. Prior to work with Lucas County, Niedermier was Seneca Habitat for Humanity executive director and the administrator for the Village of Monroeville.

Niedermier holds a master’s degree in organization development with an emphasis on large-scale change initiatives and human resources from Bowling Green State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Cleveland State University.

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