Sedgwick County’s public safety director is leaving to head Johnson County Developmental Supports, which serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Chad VonAhnen started his career with Sedgwick County in 2002 as a management intern in County Manager William Buchanan’s office. He was director of the county’s Developmental Disability Organization for about five years after serving as a management analyst and director of community relations. He became director of public safety in July, when Bob Lamkey retired.
VonAhnen’s last day with the county is June 14, Buchanan said.
Marv Duncan, government relations director, will serve as interim director of public safety, Buchanan said Wednesday.
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“Marv has been around the organization long enough” that he can take over on an acting basis and still “stay connected to the state legislators and federal delegation,” he said.
Nancy Mays, a spokeswoman for Johnson County, said Johnson County Developmental Supports provided services to 1,481 people last year. It provides job training, case management and residential services.
VonAhnen will oversee 300 employees. He starts in his new role June 17.
“He is inheriting a great legacy at JCDS, and we know he will prove himself to be a valuable asset, a concerned advocate for the developmentally disabled community, and dedicated leader,” Johnson County Manager Hannes Zacharias said in a news release.
The release said VonAhnen is a native of Des Moines and received his bachelor’s degree in criminology at the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree in public administration from Drake University.