Get to know Joe Kellerby, Mesa County’s Director of Child Welfare
July 19, 2019
How long have you been in your current role as Child Welfare Director of the Mesa County Department of Human Services? I have been the Director since July of 2018. I have been with Child Welfare in a number of capacities (Adolescent Case Worker, Project Manager, Supervisor, Manager) since September of 2004.
What has been your greatest career challenge? Keeping up with all of the vast changes that have come through Child Welfare in the last 15 years. Change is always welcomed to improve things and processes but it does take a lot of resiliency and stamina to keep up with this amount of volume.
What would you say has been your greatest career accomplishment? I truly can say the first time I had to remove children from an unsafe situation and saw them all the way through adoption is still to this day not only one of my greatest career accomplishments, but is also up there with one of my greatest life accomplishments.
“I am humbled and proud to be a part of this journey that is so much bigger than ourselves, and for the chance to leave as big a footprint as I can for the future leaders and human services workers in Mesa County.” It is so refreshing to come into work every day and be surrounded by the most driven, dedicated, and passionate people in Colorado. I am humbled and proud to be a part of this journey that is so much bigger than ourselves, and for the chance to leave as big a footprint as I can for the future leaders and human services workers in Mesa County.
Who is your favorite business guru or author? I would say John Wooden. His book, "Pyramid of Success" is a great blueprint for life, both professionally and personally. I would also add that Simon Sinek's "Start with Why" is very powerful not just to apply concepts at work, but also help in life.
If money were not a factor how would you spend your time? Without a doubt I would be traveling to every major sporting event with my friends and family. Superbowls, World Series, Final 4s, you name it I will be there!
Are you a Mesa County Native? Yep born and raised. Nisely Elementary, Bookcliff Middle School, and Central High School in the building!
Tell us about your hobbies and your family. I coach Baseball at Central High School as a hobby to help with some balance in my life. I also help coach my kid's sports team as well.
I have a very understanding and patient wife of 17 years who I met as a freshman at Central High School. We have 6 great kids -14yr old twin boys, 12 yr old daughter, 9 yr old son, 7 yr old daughter, and 5 yr old son.