Union County Manager Edward T. Oatman has announced the appointment of Kamili A. Williams to head the County’s Division of Social Services, within the Department of Human Services, effective November 25, 2019. Ms. Williams succeeds former director Charles Gillon who retired in September after 30 years of service.
Ms. Williams leads approximately 500 employees located in the Elizabeth and Plainfield offices of the Division of Social Services in the Department of Human Services. The Division of Social Services is Union County government’s largest single service unit.
“I would like to welcome Director Williams to the Division of Social Services,” said Union County Manager Oatman. “Her leadership, depth of knowledge, and wealth of experience will enable the Division to continue providing assistance and guidance to thousands of county residents monthly.”
Director Williams holds a BA in Business Administration and Accounting from Howard University in Washington D.C., and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.
Her professional background includes experience as President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity based in Plainfield. Previously, she held an executive position at the Community Food Bank in Hillside. Williams’ experience in the private sector includes accounting positions at The Prudential Insurance Company in Newark, and Deloitte and Touche, LLP, in Parsippany.
The Division of Social Services is Union County’s welfare agency. It implements federal and state welfare-to-work programs, that help income-eligible individuals and families become self-sufficient.
Assistance is provided for job training, education and placement as well as homeless prevention and shelter, supplemental food assistance, medical care including child immunizations, and other support services including refugee resettlement, an area in which Union County handles the highest caseload of any county in New Jersey.
For information about all services provided by the Union County Division of Social Services, visit: ucnj.org/departments/human-services/social-services.
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