Director of Social Services Announces Retirement
Peggy Price, Director of the Department of Social Services (DSS), has announced her plans to retire at the end of March 2019 after serving 25 years of public service with the County of Imperial. "The past six years, as the Director for the department, has been challenging, yet fulfilling," says Ms. Price. The DSS serves more than 50% of the residents of Imperial County through federal, state and local programs, its Mobile DSS Office, the Betty Jo McNeece Receiving Home and the Family Justice Center.
With over 500 County employees, the DSS administers numerous programs and oversees multiple grants and contracted services with an annual operating budget of $90 million. Programs administered by the department include Medi-Cal, CalFresh, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and In-Home Supportive Services. As a rural county with one of the highest state unemployment rates, these critical services and assistance contribute to the economy and well-being of residents of Imperial County.
District 5 Supervisor and Chairman of the Board Ray Castillo said, "Ms. Price has done an excellent job since the board appointed her as director six years ago. She has brought innovation to the department and extended community outreach opportunities through the development of the mobile office which reaches thousands of county residents each year." Supervisor Castillo continued to say, "I wish Ms. Price all the best; she has earned her retirement."
Ms. Price says, "Leading an organization of this size and nature has afforded me the opportunity to work and collaborate with so many talented people across the state, county and in our community. However, one of my proudest achievements is working with dedicated, caring and professional staff at the department."
She continued to say, "It has been a pleasure serving the community and I am proud of the contributions I have made to the organization. I look forward to a new chapter in my life, spending time with my husband, who recently retired, our daughters and grandchildren."