February 10, 2004

State of Alabama
Press Release: Human Resources, Department of

Elmore County DHR Board Appoints Director

Cecelia Ball, a 26-year veteran of the Department of Human Resources (DHR) became the new Director of the Elmore County DHR on January 26. She succeeded Don Mayfield, who recently retired.

Ms. Ball, who has lived in Wetumpka for more than 30 years, thanked the Elmore County DHR Board for her appointment and promised to help strengthen the agency’s working relationships with other vital organizations in the county.

Ms. Ball pointed out that she came to her job less than a month after new state DHR Commissioner Dr. Page Walley took office. "I believe the new Commissioner will lead the agency in the right direction. Together, we have an excellent opportunity to strengthen the working relationship between the Elmore County DHR and the state DHR."

Until her appointment to the Elmore County post, Ms. Ball was Program Manager for the state DHR’s child welfare training operations in Montgomery. She has held several other jobs in the agency’s Montgomery headquarters.

She began her career as a front-line social worker in Coosa County in the 1960’s. She was also a front-line worker in Elmore County. In 1980-81, she was Assistant Director of the Montgomery County DHR. After that, she took a decade off from her DHR career to raise children and to operate a business in Wetumpka.

Ms. Ball has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She attended undergraduate school at Troy State University. She has two daughters. Lauren is working on her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Alabama. Amanda is working on a degree in Psychology at the University of Alabama.

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