Cop­page to head QA so­cial ser­vices

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BALTIMORE — The county’s in­terim so­cial ser­vices di­rec­tor will fully take the helm of the agency, state and county of­fi­cials an­nounced.

The Mary­land Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources and the Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers have an­nounced that Su­san Cop­page has been ap­pointed to serve as di­rec­tor of Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices.

“Hav­ing worked for DHR for more than 16 years, Cop­page brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to the state’s team of so­cial ser­vices di­rec­tors, who lead the charge to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, adults and fam­i­lies through­out Mary­land,” the state agency said.

For the past seven years, Cop­page has served in the Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices as the as­sis­tant di­rec­tor for child wel­fare, for adult ser­vices, and in the Of­fice of Home En­ergy Pro­grams. Prior, she spent two years as the spe­cial as­sis­tant to the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the DHR’s So­cial Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion, and an ad­di­tional seven years with Tal­bot County’s so­cial ser­vices depart­ment, first as a child pro­tec­tive ser­vices provider and later as a spe­cial projects co­or­di­na­tor. She holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in so­cial work from Sal­is­bury Univer­sity and earned her master’s de­gree in so­cial work from the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Baltimore.

Cop­page has served as in­terim di­rec­tor since April of this year when for­mer di­rec­tor Cathy Dougherty re­tired from the po­si­tion. Cop­page said she be­lieves that the tran­si­tion has been a seam­less one for her staff and clients.

The po­si­tion which Cop­page pre­vi­ously held as as­sis­tant di­rec­tor is cur­rently va­cant and posted on the state’s web­site. Cop­page has been act­ing in both roles since April.

In her new role, Cop­page will work closely with Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents, com­mis­sion­ers and part­ner agen­cies to pro­vide vi­tal re­sources to peo­ple in need. Her sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence, tire­less en­thu­si­asm and strong lead­er­ship will en­sure the con­tin­ued vig­i­lance of so­cial ser­vices in Queen Anne’s County and through­out the state, said a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Mary­land Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources. Cop­page said she is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing in a di­rec­tion of growth and ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

The Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices is lo­cated at 125 Comet Drive in Centreville. The Mary­land Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources is the state’s pri­mary so­cial ser­vice provider, serv­ing more than one mil­lion peo­ple an­nu­ally. Through its 24 lo­cal de­part­ments of so­cial ser­vices, DHR ag­gres­sively pur­sues op­por­tu­ni­ties to as­sist peo­ple in eco­nomic need, pro­vide pre­ven­tive ser­vices, and pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and adults in each of Mary­land’s 23 coun­ties and Baltimore City. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion may be found at www.dhr.state.md.us, or on Face­book and Twit­ter.

SU­SAN COP­PAGE

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