Adrienne McMillian was honored by the Board of El Paso County Commissioners at its regular meeting on Thursday, June 28, marking her retirement from the El Paso County Department of Human Services after 21 years.
“Mrs. McMillian was instrumental in helping others achieve excellence,” said President Pro Tem Mark Waller as he read the Proclamation into the record. “She has made a lasting impact in El Paso County and elsewhere by sharing her expertise.”
“Being a Human Services worker has got to be one of the most stressful jobs,” Waller said. “To do it for as long as you have, is a testament to who you are.”
McMillian began her El Paso County career in 1997 as an income maintenance technician, and was swiftly promoted to supervisor in 1998, subsequently supervising several areas including food assistance, family services, Colorado Child Care Assistance Program and adult programs. Most recently, she worked as Colorado Works case management supervisor.
“She cares about staff, she cares about the community and she cares about families,” said Cheryl Schnell, DHS Adult and Family Services Director.
McMillian’s accomplishments include leading the intake team to the top ranking in the state for timeliness as well as repeated high results for completing Redetermination, Reassessment and Recertification work
“It is clear you have a calling,” said Commissioner Stan VanderWerf. “Thank you so much for helping the citizens of El Paso County.”
McMillian shared her expertise, becoming a Colorado Benefits Management System super-user in 2004 for the support and roll out of new system and establishing the Training Academy for Colorado Works, Food assistance and Medicaid in 2009 which earned her National Association of Counties honors for innovation in training. She also supervised the Case Worker Training Academy for a time. “I have worked 38 years in the human services field,” McMillian said. “It is a great job to have. It may be one family at a time, but that one family is grateful.”