BREAKING NEWS - Family Services director resigns

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.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

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.

Sincerely,

Erich Dumbeck

Director HCDJFS

Comments

ashley gabor (A...

its about time!!! 2 more to go!!!

dedra graves (A...

this is good news. they all need to lose their jobs!! get some new people in there who actually care about what happens to children!!

heather dumbeck...

Erich, I am proud of you. You have done a great job with the agency, in spite of people determined to bring you down by spreading lies and making things difficult for you. You have an amazing amount of support from most of your coworkers because they know the real you. Huron County is losing someone valuable. In spite of most of the one-sided press people have read about you, you have done a great job there. Love-your WIFE

Heather Dumbeck...

The agency has some amazing employees out there who care about people and do their job well, even under extreme pressure. With Erich leaving, Huron County has lost one of those employees. It's unfortunate that there is a tiny group of people over there who were allowed to "make things not work for Erich". To those of you who ignored the untrue comments and rumors spread by those people and the negative press, Thanks for the support! I love my husgand and am proud of the man he has become while working for the Dept of Job and Family Services. Some people are able to triumph and become better as a result of hardship. He's one of them. In spite of how he was treated by a tiny group of people who can't stand to see anyone but themselves be happy or succeed, he's done it. To those of you who have stood by and supported us, Thanks again, best of luck to you.

Heather Dumbeck...

The agency has some amazing employees out there who care about people and do their job well, even under extreme pressure. With Erich leaving, Huron County has lost one of those employees. It's unfortunate that there is a tiny group of people over there who were allowed to "make things not work for Erich". To those of you who ignored the untrue comments and rumors spread by those people and the negative press, Thanks for the support! I love my husgand and am proud of the man he has become while working for the Dept of Job and Family Services. Some people are able to triumph and become better as a result of hardship. He's one of them. In spite of how he was treated by a tiny group of people who can't stand to see anyone but themselves be happy or succeed, he's done it. To those of you who have stood by and supported us, Thanks again, best of luck to you.

Stacy Phillips ...

It is ridiculous to make decisions about somebody from what you read in a newspaper, most of which is totally untrue and unaccurate. I think that Erich Dumbeck took all that was dumped on his lap as Director of that Agency with professionalism and tact. It will be huge loss for our county when he leaves.