Hubbard County Social Services has a new director.

Last week, the Hubbard County Board approved a professional services agreement with Meghan Mohs to serve as interim Social Services director. The initial term of Mohs’ contract is Aug. 26 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Former director Deb Vizecky’s employment ended on Aug. 13. Initially hired in November 2015, Vizecky left amid complaints from county social services workers about a difficult work atmosphere and a 52 percent staff turnover during her tenure.

In November 2018 and again in January 2019, the county hired a consultant to assess the workplace environment and make recommendations to improve collaboration and morale for social services staff.

Over the course of 18 months, social services staff filed grievances, attended county board meetings, testified and circulated a petition, which reached 755 signatures. They asked the county to implement the consultant’s recommendations.

Roger Meunier, a business agent for Minnesota Teamsters Local 320 which represents county social services workers, noted there were numerous meetings, emails and phone call exchanges with Vizecky and the county board to address the issue.

Meunier said, “The final outcome is what the department needs to move forward and build a more favorable work environment for our Teamsters.”