Mount Prospect officials have named village social worker Julie Kane the new head of the human services department.
Kane was worked for the village as a police social worker since the fall of 2011. Before that she worked in several counseling/social worker roles for the village of Hanover Park and the Illinois Department of Corrections.
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She will replace longtime Director Nancy Morgan, who is retiring on Feb. 20 after nearly 30 years of service.
"I'm thrilled for this opportunity," Kane said. "I really believe in the work that human services does and I think this will be a wonderful step for me."
The human services department oversees a number of programs designed to enhance the quality of life for all residents. Financial assistance, counseling, health clinics and senior citizen activities are among the services provided by the department.
Kane said her immediate priority will be to keep the human services department moving as well as it has under Morgan's leadership.
"I just want to make sure we keep moving forward," she said. "That means making sure the department works collaboratively with other village agencies."
Kane believes that an active human services department can be a key contributor to a community's overall health.
"It's vital," she said. "There are so many needs out there that wouldn't be met otherwise."
Kane received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She's married and has three children.