In a move to bring stability after months of disarray, the Imperial County Workforce Investment Board hired Efrain Silva as its executive director.
The board was criticized last month when representatives from agencies competing for a welfare-to-work bid told the county Board of Supervisors they did not believe the evaluation process was fair. The supervisors did not approve the bid and suggested the WIB redo the process to avoid an appearance of conflict.
The board is made up of 29 public and private sector members, with a majority in the private sector.
The board serves a majority of people in welfare-to-work programs, mainly low-income and working poor, board analyst Ernie Morlett said.
The board helps people who do not meet the federal standard of living wage by offering training services so they can make more money, Morlett said. The board also offers child care and transportation services.
The board recently worked with other agencies to hire 600 Imperial Valley residents for the new Brawley Beef plant.