Daily Update May 14, 2019


Dekalb County Interim Director / Lamar Smith

From: Binnicker, James <James.Binnicker@dhs.ga.gov
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:46 AM

Subject: Dekalb County Interim Director / Lamar Smith

Please join me in welcoming Lamar Smith, Interim Dekalb County Director, to the Field Operations team. I ask that you share this update with your county directors and team members to ensure communication efforts are clear and direct.

Lamar W. Smith has served as the Well-Being Services Section Director for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) since August 2013. As the Director of Well-Being Services he leads a dynamic team of professionals. In partnership and collaboration with community-based organizations, he oversees statewide programming focused on early childhood services, education, youth development, physical and behavioral health, in-home services, and independent living programs.

Prior to his role as a Section Director, Lamar held several leadership positions and managed; Community Service Block Grants, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP), faith-based initiatives, emergency management, and constituent services for DFCS. In 2005, Mr. Smith was one of several child welfare professionals chosen to help reform New Jersey’s child welfare system. As the Assistant Director of Training, he contributed to the reformation of New Jersey’s child welfare training program, establishment of the State’s first child welfare training consortium and the development of the State’s case practice model. Additionally, he has served as a Communications Advisor on political campaigns in both Atlanta, Georgia and Trenton, New Jersey.

In 2017 Lamar joined a distinguished group of human services professionals as he was selected to participate in two Annie E. Casey, Results Count Leadership Programs. The first as an Atlanta leader focused on improving early childhood literacy in the Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU-V) and the other as a member of a Georgia leadership team focused on improving high school graduation rates for youth in foster care. In 2018 he was awarded a Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) Shining Star Award, which honors outstanding service in child welfare.

Lamar began his career with Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services in 2000. He is native of Columbia, South Carolina and a graduate of Clark Atlanta University.

Thank you all in advance for your support and guidance as Lamar brings strength and experience to the Field Operations Team!



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