Holtsclaw resigns as director of DSS

BAKERSVILLE – Mitchell County Department of Social Services Director Paula Holtsclaw has resigned from the position.

Holtsclaw submitted a letter of resignation Monday, Sept. 24, to DSS board chair and Mitchell County Commissioner Jacob Willis.

“This was not an easy decision for me, especially with everything going so well at social services,” Holtsclaw wrote in the letter. “My reason for leaving is because my Lord says it’s time and He has other plans for me. He has opened another door for me where I can also serve those in need. So, where He leads me, I must follow.”

Mitchell County Manager Kathy Young said Holtsclaw has taken a position with Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge.  Holtsclaw’s last day as DSS director is Friday, Oct. 12, according to her resignation letter.  

“We appreciate Paula’s efforts and everything she has done for Mitchell County,” Willis said. “I wish her well in all her future endeavors.”

Holtsclaw has been an employee of the Mitchell County Department of Social Services for 23 years. She began in September 1995 as a social worker, then was a lead worker, supervisor and has been the director since April 1, 2011.   

“This career allowed me to experience love and pride for the children in foster care, respect for the elderly who built our county and hope for the families that are working hard to keep it together,” Holtsclaw said. “If I could share the most important lesson I have learned at social services it would be never to judge, criticize or act superior because we are all just one step away from finding ourselves in someone else’s shoes.”   

Holtsclaw was adamant in her letter that her resignation is not a result of her role as director or the DSS board.

“I am sure rumors will circulate to the contrary, but please know there is no truth in that,” she said. “The board has done nothing but support me and encourage me.”

The Mitchell County government is currently searching for Holtsclaw’s replacement.

The MItchell News

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