David E. Boyer, Executive Director

“A man or woman never stands so tall as when they stoop to help a child!"

I absolutely love the aforementioned simple, yet powerful statement. There is no more important duty or role of government than protecting our children from harm. We must provide for the safety of our most vulnerable citizens, children, and truly, failure is not an option. We must succeed and we must succeed gloriously. The challenges are daunting and the work is difficult. However, the rewards of great public servants creating hope where there was once only despair and creating function where there was once only dysfunction are immense.

I have had the honor, pleasure, and opportunity to work alongside the best public servants anywhere, my colleagues at Muskingum County Adult and Child Protective Services, since 1996. I have witnessed this outstanding team of professionals create miracles for children continuously ever since.

Let us all continue to "Stand Tall for Children", our children deserve it!

Furthermore, please allow me this opportunity to report that beginning in July of 2011 our organization took on the noble task of protecting adults in our community who are victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation. We have assembled a team of extremely passionate and caring professionals who are poised and ready to intervene on behalf of individuals in their fast growing and highly vulnerable age group.


D. B.

David E. Boyer has been the Executive Director of Muskingum County Adult and Child Protective Services and Avondale Youth Center since June of 1996. He directs an agency of more than 85 employees who are committed to the mission of providing protection and care to the abused and neglected children in Muskingum County.

Boyer has lead the agency in many initiatives that protect children, strengthen families, improve permanency for children and improve overall effectiveness. He has expanded the Kinship program with additional supports to kin caregivers. He has been an advocate in keeping our older youth with physical, mental and behavioral challenges close to home. Mostly importantly he is unwavering in his mission to keep children safe and families strong.

Boyer is actively involved with Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), Family and Children First Council, Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, advisory groups as well as other various groups that support the agency’s mission.

When Boyer came to MCACPS he had experience in Residential Care as well as Child Welfare through his experience as the Director of Roweton Ranch, Inc. in Chillicothe, Ohio and as a Supervisor at Pike County Children’s Services. He also brought with him his experience from working at the University of Dayton and Wittenberg University.

Boyer graduated from Baldwin Wallace College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Education and received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Dayton.

Boyer has extensive, highly successful coaching experience at the high school level in the Muskingum County community. Boyer served as Head Varsity Girls' Track Coach at West Muskingum High School for 17 years (taking at least one girl each year to the prestigious State Championship track meet as a competitor), Assistant Varsity Football Coach for 7 years at West Muskingum H.S. and Varsity Assistant Boys' Basketball Coach for 3 years, also at W.M.H.S..

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