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Posted on: January 12, 2021

Arapahoe County welcomes new Community Resources Director


Katherine Frances Smith to oversee critical programs that serve vulnerable communities

The Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners have announced Katherine “Kathy” Frances Smith as the new director of Community Resources. Smith will oversee the Community Resources department, which includes the divisions of Housing and Community Development, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, Weatherization, Judicial Services, Senior and Veteran Services.

Smith returns to Arapahoe County from her most recent role as director of the Employment and Benefits division of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Prior to her time at the state, Smith served nine years in the Arapahoe County Human Services department in various roles. 

We’re pleased to welcome Kathy Smith back to Arapahoe County,” said new Arapahoe County Board Chair Nancy Jackson. “Her past experience here, along with everything else she’s accomplished, make her the ideal person to lead or Community Resources efforts during a very busy time for the department and the County.”

With more than 15 years of public service leadership and a wealth of familiarity with Arapahoe County programs and services, Smith will oversee the various programs that assist the County’s most vulnerable populations as well as strengthening workforce development across the state’s third largest county. As Community Resources director, Smith will also serve as liaison to numerous citizen boards and committees that play a critical role in the various divisions she will oversee. 

“I am thrilled to be back in Arapahoe County, and I look forward to delivering top-notch, innovative services to our community,” Smith said.

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