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  • Charles Casey will head Community Services department

    Jul 02, 2015 | Read More News
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    Charles Casey receives awardCharles Casey, administrative manager for Pima County’s Community Services, Employment and Training Department, has been named director of the department, replacing Arthur Eckstrom, who is retiring effective July 3 after 32 years with the county.

    Eckstrom, a native of South Tucson, joined the county in 1983 as a regional re-employment program manager. In that position, he was called to assist workers who were caught in major layoffs from both the mining and the railroad industries, building a reputation for running highly effective regionally oriented, training and retraining programs. 

    In 1985, Eckstrom became director of all Pima County workforce training and retraining programs, developing the One Stop Service system that was later adopted nationally under the Workforce Investment Act legislation. In 2002 he was appointed director of the new Community Services, Employment and Training Department where he has continued to lead job training and placement programs.  

    Under Eckstrom’s leadership, the county has created such innovative programs as the Sullivan Jackson Employment Center, which was the site of a June visit by three members of President Obama’s cabinet, who praised the center’s success with assisting homeless veterans; Las Artes Arts and Education Center, which combines structured classroom study with community art projects to allow students to prepare for their GED; and the Veterans One Stop Assistance Center, the first such center in the United States. 

    Most recently Eckstrom has worked to create the county’s Ending Poverty Now program, a growing effort to pull people out of poverty that he will continue to support after his retirement.

    Charles Casey came to Pima County in 1985 as community services eligibility coordinator and information systems manager. He was the Community Services Department’s first grants writer, obtaining funding for numerous important projects including Defense Conversion, Youthbuild, Service Learning, Emergency Eviction Intervention, H1B Technical Training, Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS, and Welfare to Work.  Later he wrote grants for and managed the county’s Regional Re-employment Center, which served dislocated workers.

    Currently, Casey coordinates $22 million in workforce and training funds for local employers, dislocated workers, youth and disadvantaged adults and community programs.  He also supervises planning and serves as a liaison with the local Workforce Investment Board, the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Arizona Department of Economic Security, the U.S. Department of Labor and numerous local community services and training agencies.