County hires new DSS director

Sara Spotila will begin working in role Jan. 1

BAKERSVILLE – Sara Spotila has been hired as the new Director of the Mitchell County Department of Social Services. 

The DSS board approved Spotila’s hire at a meeting earlier this month. She fills the vacancy left by former Director Paula Holtsclaw, who resigned from the position in September to head the CAP program at Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge.

Spotila comes to Mitchell County from Hendersonville, where she most recently served as the Regional Director of Family Preservation Services. 

Spotila is set to make $86,500 annually and will receive $12,000 for relocation expenses. Her first day is Tuesday, Jan. 1. 

Before working at Family Preservation Services, Spotila worked in County Relations for Vaya Health MCO, and before that, she worked as State Clinical Director at The Bair Foundation. 

Spotila graduated from Columbus East High School in Columbus, Indiana, before earning her Bachelor of Social Work from Ball State.

Spotila went on to earn a Master of Social Work Administration from San Diego State and was Director of Social Services in Santee, California, after earning her master’s. 

DSS board chair and Mitchell County Commissioner Jacob Willis said Spotila’s vast experience, which includes experience placing children in homes, will come in handy and added she impressed the board during the interview process. 

“She interviewed really well,” Willis said. “Her experience running big budget organizations was important. Her experience with foster care will become more important as foster care in the state of North Carolina changes.”




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