The County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, has named a successor for current Superintendent, Thomas Armstrong, who will be retiring at the end of November. The Board selected John J. Trunk, current Superintendent of Lucas County to serve as the Agency’s top executive.
Trunk has more than 30 years of experience in the field, serving the Toledo area as the Superintendent of Lucas County for the past 12 years. He has also held leadership positions for Williams and Richland County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. As Superintendent of Lucas County, Trunk expanded its waiver services to maximize local funding sources, worked to increase community-based residential options, implemented operational cost saving measures that reduced costs for adult day programs, among several other accomplishments. Lucas County supports more than 4,000 adults and children with developmental disabilities with 570 FTE’s, comparable to Summit County.
“After a thorough search and interview process, we are confident that John’s proven track record of success will help the Agency continue to be the primary force that builds inclusive communities in Summit County,” stated Randy Briggs, Board President. “The people we serve and the citizens of Summit County deserve an innovative leader that will maintain focus on Summit DD’s mission, we have found that in John.”
“Summit DD has a remarkable reputation in the state,” commented Trunk. “I am looking forward to understanding stakeholders’ needs and moving individuals toward self-advocacy to enjoy the full benefits of citizenship.”
“The Board’s commitment to services matches my personal commitment as well,” continued Trunk.
The Board continues to finalize the details of the contract; however, it has reached an agreement in principle. “The Board is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for both Summit and Lucas counties, and we’re working with Tom (Armstrong) to make sure that happens,” stated Briggs. “During his tenure, Tom has accomplished tremendous outcomes for citizens of all abilities and we’re grateful that he will make this transition seamless,” continued Briggs.
The County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board is a levy-funded agency that supports more than 4,000 adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families in Summit County. It is the organization’s mission to offer a lifetime of services and supports to eligible individuals and families that enable people with developmental disabilities to work, live, and learn as equal citizens in their communities. More information regarding the agency is available online at www.summitdd.org.