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Dinolfo Announces The Appointment Of New Deputy Commissioner And Deputy Director Of Administration In Human Services Leadership

Dinolfo Announces The Appointment Of New Deputy Commissioner And Deputy Director Of Administration In Human Services Leadership

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo today announced the appointment of a new Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Director of Administration to her leadership team at the County’s Department of Human Services (DHS). Effective May 6, Commissioner Corinda Crossdale will be joined by new Deputy Commissioner Tom Vasey.  Vasey replaces Nancy Forgue who is retiring after more than 30 years of dedicated service. Merideth Smith will serve as Deputy Director of Administration. 


“I am pleased to have both Tom Vasey and Merideth Smith join the Monroe County Department of Human Services’ administration and I would like to thank Nancy Forgue for her dedicated service to our community,” said Dinolfo.  “Under the leadership of Commissioner Crossdale, and now with Tom and Merideth, the Department of Human Services will continue its focus on finding efficient ways to manage government and work collaboratively with all of our community partners to influence the health and well-being of our county residents.  I am confident that our announcement today will continue to move the County forward in achieving those goals.”


Tom Vasey brings a wealth of experience to the Department of Human Services with over 20 years of service to the County’s residents. Vasey currently serves as Labor Relations Manager in Monroe County and has served in this capacity for over 8 years. In this position, Tom has achieved superior skills in performance management, leadership development, strategic planning and employee engagement.  Vasey holds a Masters of Public Administration from SUNY Brockport.


Prior to his current role, Vasey rose through the ranks at the Department of Human Services starting as a front-line employee and advanced through a series of administrative roles in the County’s largest department. As a former DHS Administrator, Tom is familiar with the important work and mission of the Department and is particularly attuned to the clients served each and every day.


Joining Commissioner Crossdale and Deputy Commissioner Vasey in the Department of Human Services is Merideth Smith. Smith is a highly respected attorney in Monroe County who will be serving in the role of Deputy Director of Administration. The Deputy Director of Administration is a position designed to help the County’s largest department operate with efficiency and innovation.


As a former County Attorney, Smith is familiar with the unique contractual issues facing the multifaceted provision of social services. Smith has been with the County since 1998 and in 2013 had the distinction of being the first female Monroe County Attorney. Prior to being made Deputy Director of Administration, Smith was on special assignment to the Department of Human Services evaluating contracts and provisions of services.


“I look forward to having both Tom and Merideth join the team and continuing the mission of the department by empowering residents to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency and independence, while promoting safety, physical and emotional well-being,” said Crossdale.  “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Nancy and wish her all the best on her retirement.”

The addition of Vasey and Smith will also help supplement the work already being done to improve outcomes and help connect individuals with jobs. The Deputy Director of Administration is a position which resulted from restructuring the department.

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