Longtime city employee Wendy Evans has been appointed Williamsburg’s new director of human services.
Evans, who was named the interim human services director after former director Peter Walentisch retired in May, joined the city’s staff in 2005 as a social work supervisor, according to a city news release.
Last year, she was named deputy director of social work and community services, where she led programs for the Social Work and Community Division and collaborated with community partners and other localities to develop services. She received the city’s Leadership Award in 2011 and its Excellence in Service Award in 2014, the release states.
“We had an excellent applicant pool for this position,” City Manager Andrew Trivette said in the release. “Wendy stood out as the right person for the job. She has served the city and the greater Williamsburg community with compassion and professionalism. She is a consensus builder, a team builder and an advocate for her clients. We are very pleased that she will be leading the Human Services Department.”
In her new position, Evans will earn an annual salary of $136,000 and will oversee a department of 18 full-time and seven part-time employees.
“I look forward to working with the city manager and City Council on programs and initiatives that best serve the most vulnerable in our community,” she said in the release. “It is an outstanding opportunity to lead such a remarkable staff that cares deeply for this community.”