Washington County taps Sorensen to direct community services

Chris Sorensen, the director of Southwest Health and Human Services in Marshall, has been named director of community services for Washington County.

Dan Papin, who had been director of the department for 22 years, retired in October.

Sorensen has been director of the Southwest agency, which serves six counties, since 2011. Before that he served as director of human services for Lincoln, Lyon and Murray counties in southwest Minnesota. He has also worked for Tubman and the Minneapolis Urban League.

Sorensen has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s degrees in sociology and criminal justice studies from St. Cloud State University.