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DOUGLAS COUNTY BOC HIRES NEW SENIOR SERVICES DIRECTOR


Douglasville, GA - The Douglas County Board of Commissioners would like to announce the hiring of Dr. Konswella Gilchrist as the new Director of Senior Services. Gilchrist, a native of Macon, Georgia, is taking over for Richard Hagan who will be officially retiring at the end of July. Hagan held the position for over nine years.

"On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, we wish Richard Hagan the absolute best as he approaches retirement and thank him for his years of service to Douglas County," Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones said. "We also welcome our newest addition, Dr. Konswella Gilchrist, an individual with an enormous amount of experience and dedication to go along with her work ethic. I know Dr. Gilchrist is going to be another blessing for the seniors in Douglas County."

Gilchrist is bringing over two decades of experience to Douglas County in the area of social services and working with older adults. Prior to this role, Gilchrist served in various positions including Program Director of Permanent Supporting Housing at Community Friendship, Inc. which is a nonprofit psychiatric rehabilitation organization located downtown Atlanta.

"As a natural servant leader, I would like to say I have been preparing for this position my entire life," Dr. Gilchrist said. "Helping and serving others has been my life's work. Every morning, when I open my eyes, I think about what I can do today to help someone else. As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to do meaningful work."

Douglas County Senior Services provides several services designed to promote and preserve the independence and integrity of older adults in the community. The department's current vision is to provide a sense of community in which every older adult is able to maintain an independent, healthy lifestyle without sacrificing their dignity or self-esteem. Under new leadership, the vision won't change but continue to develop.

"My vision for Senior Services is to provide an all-inclusive safe haven, with superb and compassionate customer service, that will help us assist older adults in Douglas County engage, enrich and empower their lives by offering innovative basic support and needs services," Dr. Gilchrist stated.

Gilchrist also hopes to create a welcoming environment filled with social and recreational interactions, educational and employment opportunities. During a recent staff meeting, she unveiled a new mantra for Senior Services, "We have heart!" which will set a standard of service and responsibility for the staff. In result, Senior Services will operate as one team, one vision, and one mission always with heart for the senior citizens in Douglas County.

For more information contact Douglas County Communications and Media Specialist Lena Hardy at 678-626-5642 or lhardy@co.douglas.ga.us.





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