Delaware County replaces ousted social services chief

Marshfield

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors is expected to appoint a new commissioner for the Department of Social Services at its meeting Wednesday, according to documents released by the board clerk Monday.

Sylvia Armano, who has served as acting commissioner since July, when former commissioner Dana Scuderi-Hunter was placed on paid administrative leave, was nominated for the position by the county’s social services committee, according to committee chair and Hamden Town Supervisor Wayne Marshfield.

Armano’s appointment will require majority approval by the board at its meeting Wednesday.

“She did a good job in the interim,” Marshfield said, noting Armano’s 30 years’ experience with the department.

The county advertised to fill the position, but Armano was the committee’s first choice from the outset, according to Marshfield. 

“I don’t think there’s going to be much of any change,” Marshfield said of the department’s transition in leadership. “Sylvia will probably bring her own management style, but follow the same procedures as Dana.”

Marshfield said Armano shared her predecessor’s goal of keeping the number of Delaware County children in foster care to a minimum.

“That goal is still there, just maybe not to the same extent,” he said. “I think Sylvia’s goal is still to try to get the kids back with the families or in another residential home, if that’s the best option.”

Scuderi-Hunter said she selected Armano as deputy commissioner following her own appointment in January 2015.

“I am confident that Sylvia will lead our talented staff well and continue the outstanding work that has been accomplished on behalf of all stakeholders in Delaware County during the past five years,” Scuderi-Hunter told The Daily Star on Monday.

Armano did not return requests for comment.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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