The board of directors of York County Shelter Programs Inc. announced Thursday that Bob Dawber has been chosen as the Alfred-based organization’s next executive director.

Dawber will replace Don Gean, who is retiring this month after 30 years at the helm of York County’s only homeless shelter organization. Dawber is currently the program’s chief operating officer.

Dawber previously was the executive director of the Serenity House in Portland.

Roger Prince, president of the board of directors, said in a prepared statement that Dawber “brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to the position along with a proven track record of social service success.”

Dawber will begin his new position April 1.

Gean said he is pleased with the board’s selection.

“The idea of leaving a job I have loved for nearly three decades has been scary, to say the least,” Gean said. “That fear has been replaced by a quiet sense of excitement knowing that all I have worked on and with will be under the care and guidance of Bob Dawber. I can hardly wait to see what comes next.”

York County Shelter Programs, based on Shaker Hill in Alfred, currently serves about 400 clients through its emergency homeless shelter, transitional and permanent housing programs, vocational training, substance abuse and mental health services.

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