El Dorado supervisors name Nowka as human services director
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors named Doug Nowka Jr. as the new director of Human Services.
Mr. Nowka has worked for El Dorado County since 1981. He most recently served as assistant director for the department, a position held since 1991. Mr. Nowka also served the county director of the Area Agency on Aging.
In these capacities he coordinated and directed departmental programs including elder protection, Adult Protective Services, the Public Guardian, Senior Legal Services, Information and Assistance, and case management services. He has also managed senior center activities, the senior nutrition program and Senior Day Care.
Mr. Nowka holds a holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science.
“The board made a good choice,” said Laura S. Gill, chief administrative officer for el Dorado County. “Doug is highly qualified for this position but more importantly, he also has sincere passion for improving human services.”
The director of Human Services is responsible for administration of a wide range of programs including Protective Services, Employment, Training and Income Maintenance Programs, the County Area Agency on Aging, Community Action Agency, Public Housing Authority, Public Guardian, In-Home Support Services, Workforce Investment Act, Community Development Block Grants, Senior Day Care and other services. The director also oversees a $50 million budget and approximately 330 employees.
Mr. Nowka fills the position formerly held by John Litwinovich who recently retired.