County names Kelly Kiebala as Youth Bureau director

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 July 2024 at 12:21 pm

Job Development leader will continue in that role

Kelly Kiebala

ALBION – Orleans County is turning to an established leader in the county government to run the Orleans County Youth Bureau.

Kelly Kiebala, the director of Job Development for the county, last week added Youth Bureau director to her responsibilities. The County Legislature agreed to expand her work week from 35 hours to 40 as part of her added duties.

Kiebala has been director of Job Development the past nine years. She said that department already works to provide services and job opportunities for youths.

Orleans for about 30 years paid Genesee County to administer youth bureau services for Orleans using Genesee County staff based in Batavia. But that arrangement ended in December last year.

Jack Welch, the county’s chief administrative officer, led the youth bureau program on an interim basis.

The Youth Bureau administers funding to counties made available by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. The Youth Bureau contracts with agencies and municipalities to provide prevention, intervention and recreation programming.

Some of the programs include Orleans Juvenile Adjustment Services, ARC Camp Rainbow, Hoag Library and the LIFE Program.

Youth recreation programs serve youth year round or during the summer months through drop-in programs and structured sports. The programs that receive state funds are Albion, Holley, Kendall and Medina recreation programs.

Before she was Job Development director, Kiebala worked the director of the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce and the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.