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Delaware County commissioners may hire from within following the expected June retirement of the longtime director of the county’s service agencies.

Delaware County Jobs and Family Services Director Mona Reilly has informed commissioners that she intends to retire on June 30. She has held her current job since 1999, and has worked for Delaware County since 1992.

Reilly makes about $89,000 a year and is one of the commissioners’ top-paid employees. She oversees the DCDJFS, which administers food stamps, children’s services, job training, unemployment and other services.

Reilly, 65, told commissioners she is retiring so she can spend more time with her family.

“It’s not an easy decision to make, but I think at this particular point in time my children live out west, and I want to have the opportunity while I can still move to go out and visit them,” Reilly said.

Delaware County Administrator Tim Hansley said commissioners previously hired Angela Thomas as DCDJFS’s assistant director with the understanding she may take the reins from Reilly someday. Hansley said he will recommend Thomas be appointed acting director so county commissioners can officially post the job.

Reilly is well-respected in her field statewide, and replacing her will be difficult, Hansley said.

“We’ve known about it (the retirement) for a few weeks, but we haven’t said anything because I’ve been trying to talk her out of it, frankly,” he said.

Commissioner Tommy Thompson told Reilly he hopes she will keep Delaware County in mind after she leaves.

“Your years of experience and your expertise will be a great loss to the community,” he said.

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