Shelby Boston, Commissioner

Director, Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services (DESS)

Ms. Boston began her social services career with Butte County in 1998 as a child protective services social worker.  Over the past 18 years she has held numerous leadership positions including Assistant Director of Adult and Children’s Services within DESS. Throughout her career Shelby has worked diligently to develop and implement programs that meet the needs of the communities’ most vulnerable and at risk families.

While working as a social worker, she developed an interactive parent education program which was later successfully funded and implemented in Butte County.  The PEER program continues to provide families involved with child welfare hands on support and parent support.  In addition, under Shelby’s leadership, DESS has implemented innovative service models and strengthened collaborations throughout Butte County.

Shelby received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a Master’s of Social Work from CSU Chico.  In addition, Shelby is married to her husband Gus and they are the proud parents of two boys.