WARREN - Marcia Tiger figured the therapist job in the girls unit at Trumbull County Children Services she applied for in 1975 would be temporary - a position where she could ''get my feet wet'' for a year or so.
Tiger, 59, of Poland, worked for Trumbull County's children's protective and advocacy agency for more than three decades, first as therapist and in different positions up the chain, including supervisor and periods as director of administration, director of social services and residential director before assuming in 2006 the top position of executive director.
She retired Nov. 1, handing the keys over to Nick Kerosky, who has worked at Ashtabula County Children Services for 27 years, the last three as executive director.
Tiger said she doesn't have any firm plans for how she'll spend retirement but is predicting she'll flunk it. One thing she knows she won't be doing is taking control of the kitchen and being in charge of meals.
''I told my husband (John), he cooked for 33 years, don't expect me to start cooking,'' Tiger said.
FAMILY: Husband, John; two sons, Beau of Canfield and Kipp of Wadsworth; and three grandchildren, Dane, Ava and Macy
One of the highlights for Tiger, the first female selected to lead the agency, was the construction of a $4 million children's residential center, for which ground was broken nine months after her becoming executive director. It has room to house up to 24 children in CSB care.
Another, she said, is the agency's secure care unit, which developed when Tiger was residential director through a partnership between CSB, the former LifeLines, which is now the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Ohio Department of Mental Health.
The secure care unit provided mental health treatment to kids through Valley Counseling and developed into a concept that is used by all CSB units now, Tiger said.
The unit also has an apartment for parents.
Children Services board member, Warren attorney Dan Letson, said he is proud to have participated in hiring Tiger, who took over for former director Robert Kubiak.
''She has such an institutional memory because her whole career was spent there,'' Letson said. ''That is such a benefit to the families and children of Trumbull County to have someone who lived through the evolution of child protective services.''
Tiger lives in Poland with her husband. She has two children, Beau, 28, of Canfield and Kipp, 26, of Wadsworth, and three grandchildren, Dane, Ava and Macy.