Charles Palmer, head of the Iowa Department of Human Services and his office have the two top positions at the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls in Toledo to fill.
The retirement announcement of Superintendent Deb Hanus and the resignation of Ilona Avery, the clinical director, both came on Monday, Feb. 18.
"We will conduct a thorough search for the best qualified candidate for superintendent. Director Palmer will appoint the superintendent and he is interested in doing it as soon as practicable," Roger Munns DHS spokesperson wrote in a email to The Chronicle in the middle of last week.
Munns went on to say, "The newly appointed superintendent, in consultation with Rick Shults, the division administrator for Mental Health and Disability Services division of the DHS, will identify the best candidate for the clinical director."
It was noted if whom was described as "a highly qualified candidate" for the clinical position is found before a new superintendent is named, Shults will make a hiring decision.
Mark Day, superintendent of the Boys State Training School at Eldora is acting superintendent for the Toledo institution until the post is filled.
Hanus' salary was $119,302 annually for fiscal 2012 according to the Iowa Legislature Online Salary Book. Avery's 2012 annual pay is listed as $79,050 for fiscal 2012.
The current capacity at Toledo is 12 boys adjudicated children in need of assistance and 45 girls adjudicated in need of assistance or delinquent.
The Toledo Juvenile Home / Training School employs 114.