Mercer County won’t need a new director for Children and Youth Services after all.

Less than a month after Mary Ann Daniels resigned to pursue her doctorate degree, commissioners said she has changed her mind and wants to stay with the county.

Commissioners said they plan to reinstate Ms. Daniels, 42, Meadville, to her full-time post Thursday.

“This came as a pleasant, pleasant surprise,” Commissioner Olivia M. Lazor said.

Commissioner Brian Beader said the board was “glad to receive her back.”

Ms. Daniels’ last official day was Aug. 4, although she remained in a part-time capacity until Aug. 18.

Ms. Lazor said Ms. Daniels’ decision to return was “personal,” but noted that she “decided there was more work to be done and she didn’t want to leave it undone.”

Reached later Tuesday, Ms. Daniels confirmed Ms. Lazor’s assessment.

“When it came time to leave it was really difficult,” Ms. Daniels said. “It was kind of a gut thing, but I realized I really wanted to be here.”

Ms. Daniels had been with the county agency for about a year when in July she told commissioners she had been offered a full scholarship to work toward her doctorate in psychology at Gannon University.

Ms. Daniels formerly was associate director of Crawford County’s Human Services Agency, where she had worked since 1999. Before that, she worked as a therapist at Meadville Medical Center and in a variety of management and counseling positions at Bethesda Children’s Home, Meadville.

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