The board of directors of the Danville-Boyle County Senior Citizens Center has removed the interim tag from Sheila Cain’s title.
Board Chairman Ryan Owens said Cain’s hire as permanent executive director was unanimously approved by the board. She will be paid $45,000 a year including benefits, Owens said.
“The board is very excited about the growth going on at the center and looks forward to the new direction it’s taking,” Owens wrote in an e-mail Monday.
Cain previously worked for about five years as an administrative assistant to former director Jackie Sims. During that time, she said she was involved with each of the programs administered by the center: congregate meals and activities at the center, adult daycare and Homecare, which includes meal delivery and help with tasks in the home.
Cain, who attended Boyle County High School and National College, said she has worked with seniors in several capacities, including as a private care-giver. She also worked as a certified nurse’s assistant.
Since taking over in mid-March, Cain said all three of the center’s three primary programs have seen gradual growth. Although she is still settling into the full-time position, Cain would like to bring some new programs to serve the growing number of seniors from the Baby Boomer generation.
It has been an eventful year for the center.
In 2011, the center lost the Homecare contract to the private company Lifeline after board members claimed they did not have enough notice to thoroughly complete the application for bids.
The loss of the program represented about a $130,000 hit to the roughly $500,000 budget.
Several members of the board resigned so the body could rewrite its bylaws to become public for the purpose of receiving funds without competitive bidding.
Minutes of meetings in early March show the board gave Sims specific instructions to follow policy to the letter about a week before she tendered her resignation from the position she held for 36 years.
Sims received a payment of $16,701 — mostly accrued vacation time and salary — as part of a settlement between the senior citizens center and Sims that required both sides not to disparage one another.
The board received 15 applicants after first advertising for the position in July. Owens said earlier this month the board had narrowed the list to three people.