Head of Ulster County Human Rights Commission and Youth Bureau retiring; fifth exit from Michael Hein's team since late December
KINGSTON, N.Y. — Arlene Foy Reynolds, who heads Ulster County’s Human Rights Commission and Youth Bureau, is retiring, County Executive Michael Hein announced on Friday.
Reynolds, who has worked for the county for 14 years,, will be succeeded in the two jobs by Evelyn J. Clarke, pending approval by the county Legislature, Hein said.
Clarke worked for IBM for 27 years and also has worked for the state Division for Youth and the Community Partnership Training program, counseling at-risk youths about job skills, Hein said.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and a master’s in public administration from Marist College.
Clarke and her husband, the Rev. Modele Clarke, live in Esopus.
Hein said in a prepared statement that Reynolds “worked hard to make the merger of the Human Rights Commission and the Youth Bureau successful. Her dedication to the people of the county was obvious, and I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”
Hein called Clarke “an amazing community servant” and said he is “very excited to have a highly qualified individual eager to serve the people of Ulster County.”
Reynolds will be the fifth person to leave the Hein administration since late December, following Social Services Commissioner Roberto Rodriguez, Deputy County Executive Marshall Beckman, Finance Commissioner Paul Hewitt and Budget Director Arthur J. Smith III.
Beckman, Hewitt and Smith all retired. Rodriguez was denied a new term by Hein.
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