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United Way director resigns to lead Moffat County Department of Human Services

Annette Norton has resigned as executive director of Moffat County United Way to become the director of the county Department of Human Services.
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With one position filled, another opens.

Annette Norton recently resigned as executive director of Moffat County United Way to accept the job as director of Moffat County Department of Human Services.

“Executive positions in Moffat County do not become available very often. It was an unexpected opening and an opportunity to move back into a field that my education and work experience support,” Norton said.

Norton holds a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice from Metro State College and obtained her master’s degree in criminal justice leadership from Kaplan University.

She has worked for United Way since June, before which she had worked at the 14th Judicial District Probation Department.

“Annette helped the organization through its annual fundraising campaign. We understand that the work at DHS matches her skills and education and wish her well in her new role as we look forward to finding someone as passionate about our community to fill her shoes,” said United Way Board President Renee Campbell.

The position at DHS became available late last year, when the previous director Dollie Rose resigned to accept a position with Memorial Regional Health. Rose continued to work part-time at DHS to ensure a smooth transition during the search for a new director.

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners approved Norton’s appointment last week.

“I’m grateful and honored to have been chosen for the position,” she said.

Her first full day at DHS will be Feb. 28.

She notified nonprofit partners of her departure in an email sent Feb. 7, in which she stated, “My short time at Moffat County United Way has been extremely rewarding and meaningful.”

The position afforded Norton an opportunity to “glimpse” the inner workings of the nonprofit community, she said.

“I very much admire the work all of you do in the human service field. I know you all work very hard for your agency, your clients, and the community as a whole,” she said.

The United Way board and Norton are focused on the annual allocation of grant dollars, which is expected to move forward as scheduled.

“I’m trying to address the things that need to take place right now, allocations,” Norton said on Monday.

United Way funding allocations committee will meet to make determinations Feb. 27 and 28, with Human Resource Council allocations set to take place March 14 or 15 and Youth United Way allocations March 29.

Notifications to nonprofits that have applied for funding will be sent thereafter.

In the meantime, the recruitment process for a new executive director is underway.

“The executive committee has stepped up and is assisting with recruitment,” Norton said.

Applications are due Feb. 26 and, along with information about the position, are available at Colorado Workforce Center, 480 Barclay St.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.