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Bechtel retires from Department of Social Services

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OXFORD ­— Social Services Director Lou Bechtel recently retired after many years of service to Granville County government.

Bechtel became DSS director in June 1999 and has spent the majority of his career in service to others.

His experience includes director of behavioral services with Carolina Care in Greensboro; program director with Diamond Healthcare Corp. in Richmond, Virginia; director of Guilford County DSS in Greensboro; and assistant director with Palm Beach County Florida’s Department of Community services. Bechtel had also served in other positions involving mental health during his working years.

A celebration was recently held in his honor as coworkers, friends and family members wished him well in his retirement.

Adonica Hampton is the new director of Granville County Social Services, after being named to fill Bechtel’s position in April.