Embattled Huron County Director of Job and Family Services Erich Dumbeck resigned today, effective June 1.
“I just felt it was time for a change, time to do something different,” he told the Reflector today.
Dumbeck admitted the controversy and criticism directed at the agency, and specifically at him, following the Paul Efaw and Gravelle cases contributed to his decision to resign, though there were other factors.
Paul Efaw was convicted of killing his foster daughter. Last month, $600,000 was awarded to her estate because of the county’s failure to properly research Efaw.
The Gravelles were convicted earlier this year of forcing some of their 11 adopted children to sleep in cage-like structures, among other abuses.
In addition, an old human services computer containing county day-care documents with employee information was sold online last year through a government auction. Earlier this year an agency employee’s complaint of sexual harassment against Dumbeck was dismissed.
Dumbeck said it was his decision to resign and he did not feel pressure from the commissioners to take this step. He has worked in the department for 9 1/2 years, the last 3 as director.
He submitted his letter of resignation (reproduced below) to the Huron County Commissioners earlier today and informed his staff of the decision this afternoon.
April 10, 2007
Huron County Commissioners
180 Milan Ave.
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
RE: Resignation as Director of the Department of Job and Family Services
Dear Huron County Commissioners,
This letter is to inform you of my decision to resign as the Director of the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services effective June 1, 2007.
I appreciate the opportunity afforded to me to serve the community of Huron County. I have enjoyed working for and being a part of HCDJFS for the last nine years. I am proud to have worked with professionals throughout the community and in this agency that truly have the desire to serve the people of Huron County.
I believe that God leads in directions that are sometimes unknown to us but are part of a greater plan. I feel that He is leading me in the direction to serve individuals in a different capacity.