Interim county social services commissioner receives permanent appointment

Published Jun 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

Colleen Fahy-Box has been appointed as commissioner of the Oneida County Department of Social Services by County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., after serving as interim commissioner since last November. Fahy-Box’s salary is $121,342, according to Picente’s office.

​Picente said in an announcement on June 7 that “Colleen has done an outstanding job as interim commissioner...and I have no doubt she will continue to do so now that her appointment has been made permanent....She has been a vital asset to Oneida County for 35 years and I am certain she will lead DSS (Department of Social Services) into a new and innovative direction.”

Fahy-Box said she was “honored and grateful” at Picente’s appointment of her. She added that “leading this department is a very serious responsibility and one that has a great impact on our community. I look forward to the challenge and to bringing my ideas to the table in order to build upon the successes of those who have come before me.”

Fahy-Box began working in Oneida County government as a DSS caseworker in 1983. She worked as a substance abuse counselor and in the Medicaid Division before entering the Services Division where she spent the majority of her career and eventually became director. She was appointed as deputy DSS commissioner in 2012.

Fahy-Box became interim DSS commissioner after longtime Commissioner Lucille A. Soldato retired.