Rebecca Vinroot, James City County’s deputy director of social services, has been tapped for a promotion and will now the lead the county’s community services department.
As the Director of Community Services, Vinroot will oversee the Social Services Division, Office of Housing and Community Development as well as satellite services. She replaces Diana Hutchens, who retired Feb. 1.
Vinroot was hired as the Children’s Services Act Coordinator for the Social Services Division in 2008 and was promoted to deputy director in 2011.
“It means a lot,” Vinroot said of her new position. “It’s the culmination of working in this community for the past eight years now and, having worked in other communities and coming here, I feel very fortunate to have been given the chance to lead the services of the community.”
Vinroot begins her position as the county crafts its strategic plan. She said this effort will help the department identify the needs of residents and how the county can respond.
“The community changes and needs change,” Vinroot said. “I want to be responsive to what those are [and] make sure we are keeping a pulse on what is going on”
Vinroot earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.