El Paso County, CO, Feb. 16, 2017 – The Board of El Paso County Commissioners at its regular meeting Thursday, recognized the retirement of Richard Bengtsson with a Proclamation, expressing thanks for his nearly 25 years in the Department of Human Services.
“Mr. Bengtsson’s leadership and expertise has been instrumental as El Paso County DHS handles the challenges of increasing child and adult protection caseloads, as well as programs to help families attain self-sufficiency,” said Commissioner Peggy Littleton as she read the Proclamation into the record. “Mr. Bengtsson has supported important efforts that augment the mission of the Department of Human Services, including the Center on Fathering and the Not One More Child community coalition as well as community partnerships.”
Bengtsson joined the El Paso County Department of Human Services as a Child Protection caseworker in 1992. He was promoted to Deputy Director of El Paso County DHS in 2007 and named Executive Director in 2009.
“I’ve known him for many years. I admire him for his quiet, thoughtful leadership,” said Julie Krow, DHS Executive Director.
Bengtsson has special pride in the County DHS team for their work in Disaster Assistance Centers that were stood up to provide direct help to citizens impacted by the 2012 Waldo Canyon and 2013 Black Forest wildfires, and area floods.
“It’s so important you’ve established steady leadership,” said Board President Darryl Glenn. “Thank you for your years of dedication.”
“It’s a loss for the community,” said Erica Skolasinski, with Goodwill Industries. She praised Bengtsson’s work with nonprofits and community partners. Current and past employees stepped up to the podium to thank Rick for his leadership and guidance over the years.
“What hasn’t been mentioned is how tough a job Rick and his staff handle,” said El Paso County Administrator Henry Yankowski. “He has done a great job here.”
Contact: Kristina Iodice
DHS Public Information Officer
Phone: 444-5533 Cell: 235-8478