Luther Lovell named new DHS director

BIG RAPIDS – After serving as acting director of the Mecosta-Osceola Department of Human Services office for the past four months, Luther Lovell officially took over the director role on Feb. 19, which DHS announced Monday.

“I consider it a privilege to serve in this capacity,” Lovell said. “I’ve always been passionate about the mission of the department. At the end of the day, you’re getting paid to make a difference. That’s not something that happens in every profession.”

Lovell is a 19-year veteran at DHS. He spent 17 years of his career at Wexford-Missaukee DHS, starting as a Child Protective Services investigator and then supervising various child welfare programs over the years.

In December 2010, he transferred to the Mecosta-Osceola office as a program manager. When previous director Lewis Roubal left in November, Lovell took over his responsibilities on an interim basis.

Roubal, who was the director for about a year, was promoted to a Business Service Center that oversees DHS operations in 26 counties.

Lovell has enjoyed working with the Mecosta-Osceola DHS staff, and they plan to continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their services.

“This staff is outstanding,” said Lovell, who is married with three children. “They are interested not just in doing their jobs; they are committed to being a model for delivering services.”