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Posted on: October 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Sharon Rochelle Named Pitt County, NC Director of Social Services

PITT COUNTY, N.C. – Pitt County announces Sharon Rochelle has been named Director for Pitt County Department of Social Services (DSS).  Rochelle succeeds Suzanne Gray who was appointed to Interim Pitt County DSS Director effective September 2022.


“On behalf of the Pitt County Department of Social Services Board, I am thrilled that Ms. Sharon Rochelle has chosen to serve our community as our new permanent Director.

She brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to the Agency pertinent to the needs of our most vulnerable populations living in our communities. Along with other Board members, I look forward to introducing Sharon to key community partners,” says Catherine Nelson, Chair, Department of Social Services Board. 


Rochelle has been employed by Powhatan County Department of Social Services, Powhatan, Virginia since 2014 serving as Powhatan County Social Services Director and later as 1st Deputy Commissioner of Erie County Department of Social Services in Buffalo, New York.


“I look forward to working with Sharon Rochelle as she leads the Department of Social Services.  Sharon’s knowledge, experience, and energy will be a tremendous asset to the department, its employees, and the community we serve,” says Janis Gallagher, Pitt County Manager. 


The Director of Social Services is responsible for administration of all State and Federal Social Services programs and for the day to day operation of the Agency within the confines of those statues.  This typically includes program supervision and responsibility of division fiscal, personnel, strategic planning and intergovernmental relations functions.


“I consider it a privilege and an honor to be appointed as the Pitt County Director of Social Services.  I would like to thank the Pitt County Department of Social Services Board for giving me this opportunity.  I am looking forward to working with an amazing group of people who are deeply committed to serving the Pitt County Community,” says Sharon Rochelle.   


Rochelle is a graduate of Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y. and Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y., and holds Masters of Science Degree in Community and School Health and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. 


For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 252-902-2955.


The Mission of Pitt County Government is to enhance the health, safety, and well-being of our community by advocating for and providing quality services in a friendly and cost-effective manner. Learn more: 




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