Posted Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Freeholder Christine Myers presents a resolution to Ophelia Cruse, as Jennifer Carpinteri applauds

Freeholder Christine Myers presents a resolution to Ophelia Cruse, as Jennifer Carpinteri applauds

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders this week presented a resolution of congratulations to Ophelia Cruse, the longtime Director of the County Office on Aging, Disabilities and Community Service, who is retiring from county employment this month after 28 years of dedicated service.

In addition to aging and disabilities, her agency oversees Veterans Services, Adult Services, Adult Protective Services, Nutrition and the Morris Area Paratransit System, commonly known as MAPS.

photo of (l/r) Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, Deborah Smith, Christine Myers, and Ophelia Cruse, Jennifer Carpenteri. and Freeholder Heather Darling

(l/r) Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, Deborah Smith, Christine Myers, and Ophelia Cruse, Jennifer Carpenteri. and Freeholder Heather Darling

“Ophelia’s commitment to the people of this county also has extended to her service on numerous committees, such as the Coalition on Aging Network, Intensive Senior Services Committee and Religious Partnership on Domestic Violence, to name a few,” said Freeholder Christine Myers said at a ceremony on Wednesday.

“We thank Ophelia for her dedication to the people of Morris County and wish her well on her retirement,” Myers added.

Fittingly, as they honored the county’s chief advocate for its aging population, the freeholders also proclaimed May 2018 to be Older Americans Month in Morris County.

Freeholder Myers presented a resolution to Jennifer Carpinteri, Director of the Department of Human Services, urging county residents to take the time to recognize older adults and the people who serve them as a vital part of the community.

Myers encouraged residents to enrich the lives of seniors by promoting services that support independent living, involving them in community planning and events, and providing opportunities for older adults to work, volunteer, learn, lead and mentor.

Thank you, Ophelia!