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June 10, 2011      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
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County Social Services Staff Development Coordinator Honored with Statewide Award

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Commissioner of Social Services Robert Allers congratulate Dutchess County Department of Social Services Staff Development Coordinator Michael Soltish on being honored with the distinguished Margaret J. Ives Award for Outstanding Service by the New York State Staff Development Association.

Michael Soltish of Social Services receives statewide award“Dutchess County employees are unparalleled in their dedication and their ongoing commitment to excellence.    That excellence stands out statewide,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “Congratulations to Michael Soltish on this well-deserved honor.”

The Margaret J. Ives Award for Outstanding Service recognizes an individual who has exemplified excellence through their dedication, expertise and professionalism in serving Social Services staff.  The award, created in 2002, is given each year in honor of Margaret “Peg” Ives, a Staff Development Coordinator for Wayne County Department of Social Services.

Michael Soltish has been Department of Social Services employee for 31 years.  He began his career as a Social Welfare Worker in the Temporary Assistance Unit.  He served as a caseworker and then as Social Welfare Specialist Supervisor of the Fraud division.    As Staff Development Coordinator, Mr. Soltish has responsibility for ensuring Social Services employees have the necessary information and tools to provide services to clients in a competent, objective and professional manner.

Mr. Soltish has been committed to the recognition of Social Services employees for their achievements and their daily commitment to the Department of Social Services’ mission.  Employee recognitions he has organized include the Employee of the Month Award from the various Social Service units and the Annual Employee Appreciation Day.

Michael Soltish has been an active member of many statewide committees, work groups and projects.   His knowledge of the issues and needs of local Service Districts have made him a valuable resource for others across New York State.

“Mike Soltish exemplifies the values of the Margaret J. Ives Award and we are thrilled to see him recognized,” said Commissioner of Social Services Robert Allers.   “It is particularly gratifying to have Mike honored for this prestigious award since he is always behind the scenes making sure our employees are recognized for their hard work.”

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