Summit DD names new top executive [The Akron Beacon Journal]
(Akron Beacon Journal (OH) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 05--The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board has a new superintendent.
John Trunk, 55, who leads the Lucas County DD Board in Toledo, was announced Friday as the Summit agency's new leader.
He has 33 years experience in the field and has been a superintendent for the past 12 years.
One of Trunk's major accomplishments in Lucas County was to expand its waiver services to maximize savings that reduced costs for adult day programs. He also held leadership positions for the Williams and Richland County Boards of Developmental Disabilities.
"It's a tremendous opportunity," Trunk said. "The Summit DD has a great reputation and it is on the front end of some significant strides forward in creative services for those with disabilities. I am anxious to start a new career in Summit County and be on the front end of those projects."
He said there are many similarities in the Lucas and Summit agencies. They both serve more than 4,000 adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families. They also are about the same size with about 600 workers and deliver the same services.
He said the agencies, like most, depend on real estate taxes so they have to stretch their dollars as much as possible and have to do it in the most cost effective ways.
Board President Randy Briggs described Trunk as an innovative leader who will maintain focus on Summit DD's mission.
"Trunk has a proven track record of success that will help the agency continue to be the primary force that builds inclusive communities in Summit County," Briggs said. "The board is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for both Summit and Lucas counties, and we're working with [current Superintendent] Tom [Armstrong] to make sure that happens."
Armstrong, 61, will retire at the end of November.
Armstrong, whose salary is $167,000, served 40 years in the field and 13 as the top executive of the Summit DD.
The board is still working out a starting date for Trunk and negotiating his salary.
He said he will start no later than Jan. 1 and possibly sooner if his agency finds a replacement for him in November or December.
The initial search for Trunk was done by the consulting firm Waverly Partners of Cleveland. The firm checked references, conducted initial screenings, and ran candidates through a screening committee before narrowing the list to three. The board members made the final selection.
Trunk, a Chicago native, moved to Ohio in 1988. He and his wife, Barbara, also from Chicago, have four adult children and two grandchildren.
Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or email@example.com.
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