"The responsibilities of the job are enormous, especially in the tough economic environment," he said. "At the same time, we have new opportunities to think of different ways we can assist the most vulnerable and needy of our fellow citizens. The goal is to move individuals and families toward self-sufficiency."
McGuire began his career in the human services field in 1981 as a caseworker in the South Bronx for the New York City Human Resources Administration. He stayed with the department until 2003 in a variety of positions that focused on programs as well as data processing and technology. From 1998-2003, he served as the Bronx deputy regional manager, where he was part of the team that planned and implemented New York City's successful welfare reform efforts.
In his position with the Maryland Department of Human Resources, McGuire was responsible for the administration of all public assistance programs, including those dealing with welfare-to-work, food stamps, child care and medical assistance.
His accomplishments include:
- An increase of 20 percent in job placements of public assistance recipients
- An increase to 40 percent, from 6 percent, in the work participation rates of those receiving help from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program
- Receipt by Maryland of numerous federal grants for a variety of programs, including those relating to food stamps and technology
- Receipt by the state of almost $50 million in TANF and food stamp high performance bonuses
- A department citation from the U.S.D.A. Food and Nutrition Service for exemplary service for the quick response to the needs of Maryland residents during Hurricane Isabel in 2003
- Emergency response efforts during several national disasters, including the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City and relief efforts after hurricanes Katrina and Rita
McGuire noted that he has great passion for his work and has worked hard to earn the respect and admiration of people from both sides of the aisle in local, state and national governments as well as from various foundations, think tanks and advocacy groups. Having grown up, gone to school and spent the better part of his career in New York, McGuire said he was delighted and excited to come to work for Westchester County.