Hillsborough government director finalist for Virginia job
A department director being forced out of Hillsborough County government is a finalist for a similar job in Virginia.
Venerria "Ven" Thomas is a one of two finalists to be director of human services at the city of Newport News, the city announced Tuesday. Thomas and one other candidate are interviewing with city officials this week.
Thomas, 58, is director of Family and Aging Services in Hillsborough, and has been told her job will be phased out in September, she said Tuesday. Thomas makes $144,997 here. She formerly oversaw operations including the county's Social Services Division, which spawned several controversies for Hillsborough government, most notably problems that led to the closure of the Homeless Recovery program.
"It's not something I took personally," said Thomas of the news she needed to start looking for work. "I've been in public service long enough to know that administrators, mayors, and chief executives make reorganization decisions all the time ... This sounds like it would be a great job."