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Posted on: May 23, 2022

Michael McMahon Nominated as Rensselaer County Department of Social Services Commissioner

Michael McMahon Nominated as Rensselaer County Department of Social Services Commissioner, County Executive Steve McLaughlin Announces

A new leader for the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services has been selected, with County Executive Steve McLaughlin nominating Michael P. McMahon to lead the important department, it was announced today.

McMahon’s name will be submitted to the Rensselaer County Legislature for confirmation during the June meeting of the County Legislature. He would succeed Theresa Beaudoin, who retired as DSS Commissioner at the end of 2021.

The Commissioner of the Department of Social Services is responsible for overseeing the operation of social service programs as mandated by the state and the operation of the county’s Van Rensselaer Manor nursing home.

McMahon is the current leader of the Montgomery County Department of Social Services. He has extensive experience in the fields of social services, human services and care giving. He also worked as a guardian for children in child protective cases, as a substance abuse counselor and in employee management and recruitment for Greyhound Lines.

McMahon also currently serves as Mayor of the Village of Ames in Montgomery County and served with the U.S. Navy.

“The mission of our Department of Social Services is to provide assistance and care for our residents when needed. Mike McMahon is the right person to lead our DSS and Van Rensselaer Manor for the coming years,” said McLaughlin.

“Mike has an impressive record of service in managing a Social Services department, operating a community health department, in education and service with our military. I look forward to working with Mike as we continue to efficiently and effectively provide DSS services,” added McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said a key component of the DSS Commissioner position is overseeing the operation of the Van Rensselaer Manor, along with other services for seniors, adults with special needs, and children in protective custody and other situations.

“We take particular pride in the operation of our Van Rensselaer Manor nursing home, and recognize that Mike has the experience and training needed to oversee the Manor and ensure outstanding care for our residents,” said McLaughlin.

The term of office for Department of Social Services Commissioner is five years, based on state law. The salary for the position will be announced upon confirmation. The County Legislature is responsible for scheduling the confirmation hearing.

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