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Commissioners: DJFS review will continue

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:31 AM

A review at the county department of job and family services will continue, despite reports of a reduced role of an outside consultant.

Chester Bowling, of the Ohio State University Extension office, still will be involved in the agency review, just on a more limited basis, said commissioner Ralph Fegley. It was originally thought Bowling would work for free, but his services would cost the county, perhaps as much as $12,000.

So, most of the review work will be done internally. However, Fegley said much of the review process would have been done internally regardless of the consultant's price tag. But the process still will retain the independent element, with Bowling reviewing the findings.

"We need to make sure we're not covering anything over," Fegley said. "As far as costs are concerned, if he came in four or five times at $500 each, that's not that much money to achieve the kind of process review we want."

Commissioner Mike Adelman added the county has other independent resources available, including the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Fegley said the agency review was not a "fad."

"With the change of guard, we're not going to move as fast as we might want, but we'll keep it going," he said, referring to the resignation of current director Erich Dumbeck and the appointment of interim director Lowell Etzler.

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