Steve Allen leaves after serving county for 22 years
BAD AXE —Huron County will have a new head of the public guardian office, as Jacilyn Geiger was named the new Huron County public guardian during this week’s county meeting.
Geiger will start in the position June 29, replacing Steve Allen, who has retired from his position with the county.
A graduate from Harbor Beach High School in 2016, Geiger has been working in the public guardian’s office for the past two years while attending Saginaw Valley State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work this past May.
Geiger said that when Allen submitted his resignation, he felt she would be the most logical candidate for the position.
“I have a degree and have knowledge of the office, so I applied,” Geiger said.
The public guardian’s office serves as guardians and conservators for approximately 300 people in Huron County who the probate courts have deemed legally incapacitated or developmentally disabled. The public guardian oversees the office’s day to day operations, ensures that the needs of the wards are being met, and to take calls even if they are after hours.
When the county put the listing for the position out, the main requirement was a bachelor’s degree in social science.
“I know 90% of the people on the caseload from working in this office and I want to see them continue getting the best possible care,” Geiger said. “I like working with the ladies in this office and with the wards and their families. I want to see good things coming out of this office.”
The commissioners also eliminated the dual role Allen held as public guardian/corporation counsel of the county, as Geiger does not have a law degree to be corporation counsel.
Allen said that he worked for the county for the past 22 years, first as an assistant prosecutor, and later as both the public guardian and corporation counsel since January 2009.
“I’ve enjoyed working for the county, I’ve enjoyed being a public guardian,” Allen said during the meeting. “I’ve done many things in my life, but that is by far, excuse my language, the damnedest job I ever had.”
Allen said he would like to be involved in helping the county search for the next corporation counsel, but due to rules regarding the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System, he cannot have any formal relationship with the county until he has been away from the county for 60 days.