After a strong candidate recruitment, Nevada County Executive Officer, Alison Lehman, has appointed Ryan Gruver as Health and Human Services Agency Director, effective July 22.
"Ryan has been a strong leader throughout his 13 years with Nevada County. He is dedicated to outstanding public service and achieving optimal results for the community," says County Executive Officer Alison Lehman. "Nevada County is lucky to have had an excellent pool of internal candidates, in addition to a strong external recruitment."
Ryan Gruver has over 13 years of experience in Nevada County Government, starting in 2006 as a Child Support Caseworker to, most recently, serving as Health and Human Services Agency's (HHSA) Chief Fiscal/Administrative Officer helping to manage the Agency's $115 million annual budget and over 300 staff. Additionally, Ryan has been a part of a team leading the County's efforts to address homelessness and affordable housing.
"It's an honor to be selected as Nevada County's Health and Human Services Director," says Ryan Gruver about the Director role. "Having grown up in Nevada County and professionally in Health and Human Services, I'm passionate about the people we serve, motivated by the work that we do, and inspired by the public servants I work with every day."
Ryan's experience with the County includes being a part the team that transformed Nevada County's Child Support Department into one of the top-performing local child support agencies in the State and working on the integration of the Child Support Department into the Health and Human Services Agency.
"Health and Human Services has navigated challenging times to emerge stronger, more efficient and customer-centric," says Ryan. "My vision for the agency involves building on those strong foundations to enter the next phase of excellence. This includes improving our early intervention to provide services that will get people on a path to self-sufficiency, continuing to design our programs around customer needs rather than funding sources, being nimble and responsive to emerging community issues like homelessness, and ultimately using data to inform and drive our decisions."
Later, Ryan gained extensive budget and fiscal experience in the County Executive Office, Interim Assistant Auditor Controller and HHSA Chief Fiscal/Administrative Officer. During this time he helped automate and improve the County's budget development and forecasting tools, and developed innovative community engagement programs.
Prior to working with the County, Ryan was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the small island nation of Dominica. Ryan is a Nevada County local, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C. Berkeley, and lives in Nevada City with his wife Flaviana and their three children.
The Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) includes Behavioral Health, Child Support/Collections, Public Health, Social Services, Probation/Juvenile Hall, Public Defender, and Veteran's Services, which are co-located to deliver integrated services to families and individuals. Its mission is to protect lives, promote health and wellness, and provide support and services to help Nevada County residents meet their basic needs.
The Health and Human Services Agency is the largest agency within the County with an annual budget of approximately $115 million and over 300 employees. Services are provided at five locations in Western Nevada County and an office in the Town of Truckee.