County board of development disabilities names new leader


BUCYRUS — Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities Board president Geoff Stoll has announced that Court Sturts will be the replacement for superintendent Liz Prather, who is retiring at the end of the year.

“The Board is saddened by the loss of guidance and dedication that Liz Prather has demonstrated during her tenure as superintendent for the citizens served by our board,” Stoll said. “We are, however, incredibly fortunate to have found in Court Sturts a person who we believe will continue to provide the board with excellence in service and leadership as we transition into the future.”

Sturts has worked for the Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities since November 2016 when he was hired as director of operations and transition.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with the Crawford County Board, the great staff and supportive community to meet the ever changing challenges in our field”,” Sturts said.

Sturts began his career with developmental disabilities in 2004 with the Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Prior to that he worked with youth at Cornell/Abraxas. He has a bachelor of science degree in Education and a masters in business administration. He lives in Shelby with his wife Tara and their two children, Cohen and Braylee, where he coaches youth basketball, soccer and football through the YMCA

Prather will work with Sturts to transition leadership over the next two months.

“I expect this to be a smooth transition as Sturts knows the operations, the employees and the individuals served,” she said. “I am honored to have worked with the Board and everyone associated with Crawford DD. It is a wonderful resource for the community.”

The Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 1650 E. Southern Ave, Bucyrus serves more than 350 children and adults at Fairway School, public schools, Waycraft Industries and other private providers.

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