Her appointment was unanimously approved by the Rockland County Legislature.
“Lori is an innovative manager who has the skills we need to manage this key department,” said Rockland County Executive Ed Day. “She has a strong record of achievement in the private sector and a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to the county.”
Ms. Gruebel succeeds Joan M. Silvestri, who was named Commissioner of Rockland’s Department of Social Services in April.
With Lori Gruebel’s appointment, 14 of the 26 departments in Rockland County government are headed by women. Half of the county departments have female deputy directors.
“My administration is committed to making sure that well-qualified, talented women have every opportunity to succeed,” Day said. “There is no glass ceiling in Rockland County government.”
Before starting work with the county in February, Ms. Gruebel worked for Verizon for 16 years, where she earned praise as a top achiever with strong management skills.
“I am looking forward to working with this knowledgeable staff and am eager to utilize my prior career and educational experiences in this field to meet the future needs of the county,” she said. “I am truly grateful that I was afforded the opportunity to serve Rockland County in this capacity and am excited about the work we are doing to develop a top-notch workforce to serve the people of Rockland.”
She has a bachelor’s degree in human development from Syracuse University and studied contract negotiation and collective bargaining at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
She lives in New City with her husband and infant daughter.