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Hanus retires as Iowa Juvenile Home / Training School head

February 22, 2013
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Deb Hanus announced her retirement on Monday as superintendent of the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls in Toledo effective March 1.

Hanus has served in the post since being named interim superintendent in December, 2005, and then to the post permanently in 2006. She replaced Robert Eppler, who retired.

Mark Day, superintendent of the State Training school for Boys at Eldora has been named acting superintendent according to Roger Munns, spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Human Services. Munns also confirmed Ilona Avery, the IJH / Training School clinical director has resigned.

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Deb Hanus

Hanus told The News-Herald she began her career with the Department of Human Services 31 years ago and has always served at the Iowa Juvenile Home.

"I have been greatly blessed with the opportunities that have been afforded me, " Hanus wrote in an email reply to The News Herald seeking comment on Tuesday.

"I have been thinking about retirement for awhile now, and decided it is time to spend more time at home with my family, which I am looking forward to, " Hanus wrote.

During Hanus' tenure a $20 million campus improvement project was completed. Included was a new educational wing which also houses health services and security, a new maintenance building and a geo-thermal heating and cooling system.

The Juvenile Home / Training school for Girls employs 114.

It currently has the capacity to provide services to 45 girls and 12 boys.

The services are for both boys and girls who have been adjudicated children in need of assistance and the State Training School for Girls for those adjudicated delinquent.

Hanus began working at Toledo in 1981 in a grant program for work study for delinquent girls. Over the course of her career she worked as a youth service worker in Dugan Hall, as a counselor for boys and a youth counselor supervisor both in Palmer Cottage.

She had served as Director of Treatment Services beginning in prior to taking over the superintendent's reins.



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