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March 12
Wake Names Petteway Human Services Director

Wake County announced on Thursday, March 12, 2015, that Regina Petteway has been selected as the Human Services Director, following affirmation by the Wake County Human Services (HS) Board. Petteway has served as Interim Human Services Director since August 2014. She will begin serving in her new capacity immediately.

“Regina has provided a strong sense of leadership to Human Services over the last few months, and I have the utmost confidence that she will continue to do so going forward,” said County Jim Hartmann.

Petteway began work for Wake County in 1993, and has served for more than 20 years including the positions of Assistant Health Director and Director of Community Initiatives. She came to the County with almost 10 years’ experience in North Carolina State Government, including positions with health and human services, public instruction, policy and planning, and the budget office. She has a Master’s of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“The Human Services Board and I fully endorse this decision, and we are excited to have Regina as Director,” said Human Services Board Chair Dr. James Smith. “We believe she is more than capable to lead this department.”

Human Services is the consolidation of programs and services that include social services, public health, behavioral health, job training, child support, housing and transportation. View more information about Human Services.

The Human Services Board provides policy guidance for the Human and Environmental Services’ Departments and plays an advocacy role in the community. The Board has 19 members which are appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Dr. James Smith is a psychiatrist and is in his first year of a one year term as Chair. Smith was appointed to the Human Services Board in 2012.

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