September 16, 2020: Mecklenburg County, NC has hired John Eller as the new Department of Social Services (DSS) Director. He will begin his role as DSS director on Oct. 12, 2020. Eller has over 20 years of experience in public service and extensive knowledge regarding social service programs and policies at the local, state and national levels. He currently serves as the county manager of Davie County, NC. Prior to his arrival at Davie County, he served as the social Services director in Catawba County. Eller also served as the division director for Mecklenburg County DSS Services for Adults Division. Eller earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree from Appalachian State University and obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Queens University in Charlotte. He is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte and a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia-Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. He is also a Credentialed Manager with the International City & County Management Association and serves as an adjunct instructor for graduate students in public administration (MPA) programs at UNC-Greensboro and Appalachian State University.