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CSUEB alumna blazes a trail as new Toledo, OH county administrator

Photo of CSUEB alumna Laura Lloyd-Jenkins who is blazing a trail in Lucas County, OH as their first woman, first African-American and first person ever hired outside the county.

Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, '01 B.S., '06 M.B.A., begins her new role as county administotor for Lucas County, Ohio on Feb. 4 (Photo: Toledo Blade)

  • January 3, 2013 5:00am

Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, '01 B.S., '06 M.B.A., will be chalking up a lot of “firsts” in her new role as administrator for Lucas County in Ohio. She will be the first administrator ever hired from outside Lucas county, the first woman, and the first African-American.

Lucas County officials are looking forward to her Feb. 4 start date.  “I think she will work well with our work force, regional leaders, and the public,” Commissioner Carol Contrada said.  Lloyd-Jenkins was selected from more than 100 applicants during the county’s five-month search.

This pioneering CSUEB Pioneer isn’t concerned about the geographic change from the west coast to the Midwest. Lloyd-Jenkins said there are many similarities between Alameda and Lucas counties, including that both are urban counties and both are facing declining state, federal, and local resources. “We have some of the same problems,” she said. “My biggest concern is the snow.” She most recently served as the principal administrative analyst for Alameda County.

Read the Toledo Blade article.

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