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With caseload up, new county social services director named

July 10, 2012 |  1:05 pm

The acting head of Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Social Services was named the agency's  director Tuesday.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of Sheryl Spiller, who will have an annual salary of $245,000 and assume the position immediately. She has served as acting director since her predecessor, Philip Browning, took over the county’s embattled child welfare agency in August. 

Spiller leads the social services department at a time when officials are grappling with a significant increase in the county welfare rolls coinciding with several years of high unemployment.  

The department, the second-largest locally operated social services agency in the nation, serves over 2 million low-income county residents daily and distributes $3 billion in annual benefits.

Spiller has more than 40 years' experience working with the department, including 15 years in management positions, and is responsible for 13,543 employees, county Chief Executive Officer William T Fujioka said in a letter to the board.  

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