Adult Advocacy Performance Coach Named DSS October Employee of the Month

Elexias Cotton, Performance Coach in the Adult Advocacy Division at State Office, Columbia

October 27, 2017 -- The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SC DSS) recently established a program to recognize staff members who perform their jobs exceptionally well, go above and beyond what is expected of them, and in doing so, demonstrates our core principles of competence, courage, and compassion. Elexias Cotton, Performance Coach in the Adult Advocacy Division at State Office, Columbia, was one of four selected for October.

Cotton provides consultation and onsite support with critical cases. She also assists in developing training materials, revising program policies and procedures, and collaborates with community partners to coordinate services.

Cotton said “this is a great surprise and honor to be named October 2017 employee of the month.” She’s been in her position for a year and a half, worked as an Adult Protective Services (APS) case manager in Spartanburg County, and has been with DSS for 4 years. As Performance Coach, Cotton covers Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens, Oconee, and Cherokee Counties.

Her nomination states that Cotton was chosen because “she sincerely cares about the vulnerable adults in the division she serves. She is an excellent role model to the counties in her region. Elexias influences and guides her co-workers in assisting, teaching and leading. She is a great team player and often volunteers to help others. Elexias is always busy using each hour of the day working towards accomplishing APS outcome measures. And she never fails to encourage everyone to do all that can be done to ensure that all of the Vulnerable Adults in the care of the agency are served in a manner that maintains their self-respect and dignity.”

Born in Greenwood, South Carolina, Cotton resides in Columbia.

Staff selected for the Employee of the Month Program are awarded with lunch with the State Director along with other honorees, a dedicated parking space, a photo and write up displayed at State Office, and a write-up sent to their community newspaper.

Other October winners were Jessica Grayson, Foster Care case manager in Colleton County, Larry Snow, Employment and Training Coordinator for Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union Counties and Pam Cummings, Child Support Enforcement Ombudsman, State Office.