GRANGER TWP. — The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities has a new leader.
Stacey Maleckar was hired as the new superintendent at the board’s regular meeting Monday. She starts Jan. 3.
She will fill the vacancy created with the Dec. 31 retirement of Jon Bluebond.
Maleckar signed a two-year contract worth $110,000 annually, a school official said.
Wayne Carroll, board president, said he was pleased Maleckar accepted the position.
“Her commitment to this field will ensure that Medina County continues to be one of the leaders in the state in service and support for individuals with disabilities,” Carroll said in a Tuesday statement.
Maleckar has completed both the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Executive Leadership program and Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Development program. She holds a state superintendent’s certificate.
She previously was employed by the Cuyahoga County Board of DD, most recently as an adult activities services manager. She also served on the labor management team, CARF Accreditation Committee, Compliance Committee and several strategic planning task forces.
“I am honored to have been named superintendent of the Medina County Board of DD,” Maleckar said in the statement. “I am very excited about getting to know and serve the individuals and families of Medina County. I look forward to becoming an active part of the community and to working with other local providers for the benefit of those we all serve.”
According to a news release, the board devoted a great deal of time and effort to the superintendent search.
It considered community and employee input when developing the profile and standards used in the selection process.
In making its decision, the board reviewed the skills, leadership style and the potential of each applicant to move the agency forward in areas of achievement and financial efficiency while balancing and meeting the increasing needs of people with developmental disabilities in Medina County.
MCBDD spokesperson Patti Hetkey said Wednesday about 14 people applied for the position and 10 were interviewed.
“I have been involved in the field of developmental disabilities for nearly 20 years and my passion and commitment for supporting individuals, to meet their needs and to achieve their goals and aspirations has only grown stronger each year,” Maleckar said.
“The rich traditions of service and supports that Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities has provided over the years will continue to thrive as we work together to fulfill our mission to promote and empower individuals with developmental disabilities.”
The MCBDD plans to hold a community reception in January to give individuals, families, local leaders and community members the opportunity to meet Maleckar. The release said details will be announced soon.