VENTURA, Calif. – By a unanimous vote on September 12, the Board of Supervisors concurred with the recommendation of County Executive Officer Mike Powers to appoint Marcus R. Mitchell as the County’s new director of the Ventura County Department of Child Support Services.
“Marcus is a highly talented child support professional,” said Powers. “He has a demonstrated ability to lead this outstanding organization, which is recognized statewide for its innovative and extremely efficient approach to customer service. Marcus brings extensive, hands-on experience in strategic planning, performance management, automation strategies and business analysis. He is clearly the right choice to continue the positive momentum within this department that is so critical to the well-being of children in Ventura County.”
Mitchell, 55, has served as the director of the Kern County Department of Child Support Services for the past two years. He held the assistant director position for six years prior to that, joining Kern County in 2009 after serving as a Regional Administrator for the California Department of Child Support Services.
“I have dedicated my career to making a difference in the lives of children,” said Mitchell. “My passion for the child support program comes from my own life experience. Regular monthly child support payments to our family ensured that I had access to opportunities to better my life. I continue the work because I believe all children deserve the same opportunities.”
Mitchell will take over the position from Rose Schwab, who will resume her duties as the Assistant Director and help with Mitchell’s transition into the department.
Mitchell is in the process of relocating to the county with his family and is expected to begin his duties in October, at a salary of $213,823.
The Department of Child Support Services promotes parental responsibility by facilitating child support. The department operates a regional call center serving 16 other counties and handling more than 37,000 calls per month. In the last federal fiscal year, the department handled 21,116 cases and distributed $57,345,911 to families.
Photo: Marcus Mitchell