County DSS Director Douglas abruptly resigns

By: Michael Campbell, News Editor
Posted: June 10, 2020 | 3:23 p.m.

Second senior-level departure among county workforce in less than 30 days

PRINCE GEORGE – Shel Bolyard-Douglas, the county’s longtime social services director, is no longer employed with the county after her sudden resignation from the position early last week.

According to County Attorney Daniel Whitten, Douglas resigned June 1 but when asked, he declined to disclose any details related to her exit as the county’s social services department lead, citing personnel privacy protections.

Per county officials, Douglas served as director of Prince George Social Services for nearly ten years.

Mary “Libby” Vinsh has been appointed to serve as interim director until the county can find a full-time replacement. By Monday evening, the county’s website for social services had been updated to list Vinsh as interim director.

As COVID-19 continues to impact Prince George, demand on social services continues to increase as more residents seek out support programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP and Medicaid, among others. When asked if Douglas’ departure will have any impacts on the department’s ability to provide services, County Attorney Whitten, speaking on behalf of the county, said residents shouldn’t be concerned.

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