Leon County’s search for a Children’s Services Council director may be coming to an end. With two of three finalists dropping out, only Tallahassee native Cecka Rose Green remains.
The Florida A&M University alumna began her career as a publication assistant for the Florida League of Cities after she earned a degree in English at FAMU in 1991.
After making her way up to director of publications, a position she held for four years, it was time for her to make a move.
Green would go on to work for the Affordable Housing Agency, and for Tallahassee’s former mayor, Andrew Gillum, during his gubernatorial campaign, and also as the regional executive director at Children’s Home Society of Florida.
Along with her deep background working alongside children, Green was also selected to be featured in the “25 Women You Need To Know And 5 Women To Watch” class of 2020 by the Tallahassee Democrat.
According to the Democrat, “The group is made up of exemplary women who have impacted the community with their service to making Tallahassee and the surrounding area a better place to live.”
For Green, the new position is another way to serve the city she loves.
She shares what led to her decision to apply for the position of Leon County’s Children’s Services Council director.
“One of the most impactful places where I worked was the Florida Department of Children and Families,” Green said. “This is where I became knowledgeable about child welfare issues.”
She describes herself as a motivator, full of integrity and passion.
“I’m hopeful that they will see my passion for this work, my love for Leon County, and wanting the best for our children and families,” Green said.
One woman who has seen Green’s dedication to her work up close and personal is the former executive director at the Florida Association of Counties, Mary Kay Detzner.
“Her passion for children is something that is undeniable,” Detzner said. “I feel fortunate I’ve had the chance to work with her.”
Detzner is thrilled with Green’s decision to pursue the new position and hopes the CSC does the right thing and offers Green the position.
While some people may believe that Green will be granted the position by default since the other two candidates bowed out, she believes it is because she earned it.
“The answer to that is unequivocally no,” Green said. “I applied like everyone else.”
The mother of three has faith in the council’s decision to choose a new director.
“I know that the council wants what is best,” Green said. “If for some reason they don’t believe I am the best choice for the position then they can look to interview some of the candidates that came behind me.”
The interview process will continue this week. If all goes well, Green may soon be the next Children’s Services Council director.