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Executive Kittleman appoints new director for Department of Community Resources and Services

Executive Kittleman appoints new director for Department of Community Resources and Services

October 7, 2016

Media Contact:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today named Steven A. Bullock as the Director of the Department of Community Resources and Services. The appointment is effective Nov. 1, 2016.

“Steve has an impressive background and I am confident he is the right person to continue our forward momentum,” said Kittleman. “He has extensive experience developing systems of support, working with community and faith-based organizations, and improving the delivery of services. I know he’ll be a tremendous asset as we continue to address the needs of multiple generations, tailor services to different cultural values and promote full inclusion for individuals with disabilities.”

Bullock has held a number of positions with Multnomah County, Oregon during the past 17 years. Since 2005 he has worked in the County’s Emergency Management Department developing a culturally competent emergency communication plan for the most vulnerable populations and the non-majority English speaking populations. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operations Officer of Multnomah County’s Department of County Human Services where he was responsible for the operation and improvement of a variety of systems that create and deliver services, which included Mental Health and Addiction Services, Aging and Disability, Domestic Violence, Development Disability and Supportive Housing. From 2001 to 2003, in his position as Multnomah County’s Manager of Mental Health and Addiction Services, he assisted in the re-design of the mental health system in Multnomah County.

“I'm honored, humbled and excited to lead the Department of Community Resources and Services with Howard County,” said Bullock. “I look forward to building on the foundation that already exists and continue with the ‘no wrong door’ approach to ensure that Howard County residents have the resources they need to grow, thrive and live with dignity.”

In Oregon, Bullock has been Board Chairman of the African American Health Coalition (AAHC) since 2005. The AAHC is a nonprofit organization that promotes wellness for African Americans who live in Portland. His leadership and determination to support community wellness led to the creation of various programs and events such as REACH 2010 and the Wellness Village.

Bullock also served on the Board of Directors of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) from 2007 to 2011. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families, dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for persons of all ages who are affected by mental illnesses. Bullock brought organization and new ideas to NAMI for connecting with diverse populations with mental illnesses.

Bullock graduated with his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1984. He received his BA from California State University, Fullerton in 1982.

Bullock succeeds Phyllis Madachy, who retired this summer. The Department of Community Resources and Services has 138 employees and an annual budget of $18.8 million.