Courtesy of Grand County Manager
On Monday, April 10, 2017, Deb Ruttenberg officially began her responsibilities as the Director of Human Services for Grand County. As the Director of Human Services, Ruttenberg will assume responsibility for the Department of Social Services with additional responsibility to follow after further organizational restructuring is completed. Glen Chambers, the current director of Social Services, will be retiring on Friday, April 14.
Ruttenberg was selected for the position in early March, following a lengthy selection process which involved a 6-person selection panel. The panel made the final recommendations to Lee Staab, Grand County Manager, who made the final selection. Since her selection, Ruttenberg has been working closely with Chambers to insure a smooth transition for both the employees and citizens of Grand County.
Ruttenberg has served in various positions within Grand County for the past 21 years. She began her career with the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition from 1996-2008, serving both as the Community Coordinator and as the Grand County Director. Deb later joined Grand County, serving as the screener for the Juvenile Services Department and most recently, as manager of the Collaborative Management Program for Department of Social Services.
Ruttenberg received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. Later she received her master’s degree in Children, Youth, and Families from the University of Denver. “Grand County is very fortunate to have had Glen Chambers as the Director of Social Services for several years. While we are sad to see Glen retire, we wish him well in the future as he will continue to serve the citizens of our county in other ways.
Additionally, we are fortunate that Deb Ruttenberg has agreed to continue her service to Grand County as the Director of the Department of Human Services. Deb’s knowledge of county services, coupled with her desire to provide quality services to the citizens of Grand County, will result in continued outstanding service and support to the Grand County community,” said County Manager Lee Staab.