Social Services Agency Deputy Elevated to Director
The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Mike Ryan, chief deputy director of the Social Services Agency to replace Dr. Michael Riley as the agency’s new director. The appointment was made Tuesday.
The decision came after Riley announced his surprise retirement in January after more than four decades of public service. Ryan has been the agency’s interim director and was chosen from among 31 applicants in a national search.
Ryan has more than 30 years of experience in the Social Services field, including 24 years in the Social Services Agency. He has served as director of the Orangewood Children and Families Center, as well as deputy director and director of Children and Family Services for the County. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Washington and his Master of Science degree in counseling psychology from Cal State University, San Bernardino.
The Social Services Agency is composed of nearly 4,000 employees who serve Orange County residents through adult services and assistance programs, children and family services, Cal Works/Family Self-Sufficiency and administrative services.