SIOUX CITY | An assistant director is being promoted to become the new director of the Woodbury County Juvenile Detention Department.

Woodbury County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matthew Ung announced Monday that Ryan Weber will be promoted to the director position, to succeed Mark Olsen, who is retiring.

The selection of Weber will be made official on Oct. 17 and Olsen is retiring Oct. 26. Weber's annual salary will be $72,000.

“The board interviewed several passionate finalists who genuinely care about the future of our juveniles and the effectiveness of the department. The board sees the best of both worlds in Ryan Weber— a smooth transition within the department, and the potential for fresh ideas and a positive leadership impact,” Ung said in a release.

Weber is the most tenured of the three assistant directors in the department. Prior to his county experience, he supervised budget and staffing as a residential counselor for the Boys & Girls Home in Sioux City. Outside of his county job, Weber has a property management firm.

“I believe people trust me and they trust me to the do the right thing,” Weber said in a release. “I think my conservative values and principles as well as my community involvement, work history and business ownership have groomed me to be successful at this position.”

Olsen first began working in a counselor position for the county in 1982. After five years of working for the county, he was tapped to become the detention center director, so Olsen will leave with 30 years in the post and 35 years combined.

The detention center is housed in the Trosper-Hoyt Building in downtown Sioux City.


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