Director of Human Services Anne Turner resigns

Claremont’s Director of Human Services Anne Turner announced today that she will resign from her position on September 15.

This deeply personal and difficult decision comes after reflection and consultation with her wife and family, according to Public Information Officer, Bevin Handel.

“Like many other Americans, COVID-19 has emphasized the importance of family, health, and mental wellbeing. My recent birthday was a time of reflection and contemplation that led me to a decision to reprioritize my life and pursue my passion for teaching and advocacy,” Ms. Turner told Ms. Handel, “I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and using my skills as a leader and educator to better my community.”

During her six years as director of human services, Ms. Turner has led the city’s efforts to address homelessness, raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate for the community on a regional and state level.

“Her collaborative approach to addressing homelessness is a model for Southern California cities and garnered over $215,000 in grant funds for programs. She and her team have made incredible strides in addressing homelessness, building affordable housing, implementing the CHWP master plan, expanding the senior nutrition program, and transitioning the city’s recreation programs into virtual offering during COVID-19,” the city said in a statement.
“Anne brings her tenacity, enthusiasm, and strong sense of justice to every project she tackles. While I am sad to see her leave the organization, I have no doubt she will succeed in anything she sets her mind to,” City Manager Tara Schultz said.


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