The County of San Luis Obispo Administrative Officer is recommending Natalie Walter as the new Director of Child Support Services. Her employment contract will go before the County Board of Supervisors on January 29.
Walter has served as the County’s Interim Director of Child Support Services since September 2018, and previously held the role of Deputy Director of Human Resources.
“Natalie has made a positive impact on the department in a few short months as the interim director,” said County Administrative Officer Wade Horton. “Her leadership will continue to guide the department in providing outstanding support for children and families in San Luis Obispo County.”
Walter will manage a department budget of about $4.7 million and a team of 37 full-time equivalent staff members who each work to improve quality of life and create opportunities for children through establishing and enforcing child support. In FY 2017-18, the department collected $11.1 million in child support to meet the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter for local children. The department has been named the top-performing child support services agency in the state of California for 11 of the past 12 years.
Walter has over 28 years of experience in county government. She began her career in San Mateo County as an Employment Resources Specialist and quickly rose through the ranks, spending most of her career within the human and social services. In 2002, she relocated to San Luis Obispo County and was identified as a leader early on. In 2015, Walter filled a need within the Human Resources Department as the Organizational Development Manager and was promoted to the Deputy Director of Human Resources in 2016. Her combination of both social service and human resources experience make her uniquely qualified to lead the Child Support Services team.
“I am honored and excited by this new opportunity to further serve the County of San Luis Obispo,” Walter said. “I look forward to continuing the great work being done in the department and growing our partnerships to best serve the children and families in our county.”
Walter holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in public administration. She is also a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resources Management.
For more information about the County Department of Child Support Services, visit slocounty.ca.gov.