Etzler to be interim JFS boss

The Huron County Commissioners announced this morning that former South Central Superintendent Lowell Etzler will be the interim director of the county human resources agency. Etzler will start running the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services (HCDJFS) full-time as of Tuesday. He is familiar with the position, since he was the agency's interim director for about three or four months in 1999.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

The Huron County Commissioners announced this morning that former South Central Superintendent Lowell Etzler will be the interim director of the county human resources agency.

Etzler will start running the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services (HCDJFS) full-time as of Tuesday. He is familiar with the position, since he was the agency's interim director for about three or four months in 1999.

"He is well respected," commissioner Gary Bauer said. "I think Lowell will bring dignity to the office ... and do whatever needs to be done to regain the confidence of the public."

Commission President Ralph Fegley called Etzler "a very positive asset" and pointed out the benefit in the Greenwich resident overseeing HCDJFS previously.

Commissioner Mike Adelman said Etzler was "the first guy I thought of" in establishing a "short list" of people to be appointed HCDJFS director. He called the former superintendent someone who has answered the call of local schools.

Etzler, who was unavailable for comment, served as superintendent of South Central Local Schools from 1969 until his 1993 retirement. He was the interim there for a few months in 1999 and again for one year, starting in August 2005.

He also was the interim superintendent in the Monroeville and Western Reserve school districts. Etzler was the Greenwich mayor from 1998 to 2001.

The lifelong Huron County resident is the current president of the Community Action Commission. Etzler is the former president of the Huron County Senior Enrichment Services board.

Etzler has "good, strong administrative skills," Fegley said, which are characteristics the commissioners are looking for in the permanent director.

Current HCDJFS Director Erich Dumbeck, whose last day is June 1, will be handling other work obligations, such as a statewide JFS meeting the week of May 14, while Etzler takes control of the agency.

"Mr. Etzler felt it was prudent to have (Dumbeck) there," Bauer said, in order to get a handle on the director's daily responsibilities.

Eztler will be making $27.90 per hour, the same pay rate as Dumbeck.

Bauer said the commissioners haven't established a timeline to hire a new director, stressing that they want the proper time to review resumes.

"We want to do a thorough search and go outside," he said. "We want fresh blood."

Comments

JimBob (Anonymous)

'oh my go' sounds like an unhappy employee at HCDJFS. Yes, let's check his record. He will probably expect you to do your job!

oh my go* (Anon...

What a joke! Not to mention a waste of our taxpayer money!
This man has been making more money retired than he did when he was "working"! Better look at his record at South Central before you get too excited about this........

Would like to k...

What mistakes and what decisions, Kay? The only employee that is right under the commissioners in the whole agency is the director and changes are being made for that position. I think they know what's going on in each department, good and bad.

Kay (Anonymous)

The Commissioners are The Bosses of every county employee. It is not just the Director that is under the commissioners. When a new employee is hired he/she has to be approved by the Commissioners. Every union contract has to be signed by The Commissioners. You think they know what is going on in each department? Then if that is true, THEY KNEW what was happening in Children Services. Don't you get it? I even said in my first reply;"Do they want us tax payers and voters to think they didn't know what was going on at Human Services?" They knew and just let things go from bad to worse.Different departments have earned State and Federal recognitions. However the public does not know this.Why not? The Commissioners will not applaud in public any employee at Job and Family because they realize just like you said, they knew what is going on,..,good and bad."
The Commissioners are not blame free. Unfortunately, crap does run down hill. Director Dumbeck is going. Why not the the head of Children Services? Why is he being permitted to stay till September when he turns 60. Then he can retire with full benefits.Check the public records. That man is earning more than the Director earned and no he has not been at the agency for long.
Now the commissioners have hired an outside source to come in and check on all departments. Even the departments that are receiving State and Federal praises.
Every week the current Director had a meeting with the commissioners. They knew of the problems. Knowing and not doing anything until a child died in custody, and another child died at the hands of his mother's boyfriend after a complaint was made days before his death, and then Gravelle case,these are mistakes.

Kay in Norwalk ...

When will the Commissioners finally admit they have made mistakes? They authorize many decisions and then let someone else take the blame. Do they want us tax payers and voters to think they didn't know what was going on at Human Services? If that is the case, fine. Don't expect any more votes if you do not know what is going on at one one of your agencies. Several of those units out there are doing super work. The home site for JFS in Columbus have those stats. If one unit had problems, do not blame the entire agency. Many people in Huron County would not be eating nor have medical care, or obtained jobs and child support if not for those dedicated workers.

big mountain (A...

Great selection! Kudos to the Commissioners!

commissioners a...

don't you get it ? the commissioners are just figure heads .. they are always there when there is a great photo opp, look at their picture in the paper this week , at the employee appreciation day ... or look ,when someone sells the grand champion steer at the fair , or see them smiling and waving in all of the parades, but when else do you hear anything from them ??
during the entire Gravelle case , when there were allegations of misconduct by the HCDHFS employees, did you hear any statements from any of the commissioners?? why ?? and during the efaw/dixon murder case .. when a foster father stabbed his foster daughter to death , did you hear anything from the commissioners?? why ??and now there is another dead child, a baby , shaken to death by a guy who , with his past record, should have never been watching the baby in the first place..and there was a complaint made about bruises and suspected mistreatment , days before this childs death , made and reported to the HCDJFS,but they must not have followed through, and why aren't the commissioners making a statement on this ?? how many dead and abused children must we witness, before the people that we pay to oversee this agency , step forward and speak on how we can safely and rightfully correct the flaws that are obviously in our system now??
Mr Dumbeck , made a statement in the reflector , during the Efaw/Dixon fiasco , which said , refering to what the HCDJFS checks and demands from prospective foster parents ......mr Dumbeck said "the dept of HCDJFS doesn't require checking potential foster parents, criminal records, an interview with their employers, checking court dockets for civil cases , requiring law enforcement agencies to check for incidents of applicants previous "bizzare behavior" or interviewing victims of suspected abuse by the applicants. "
well , if these are the things that the HCDJFS does not require , please tell me what it is exactly that they
do require in checking the background of a prospective foster parent ...
i was sure that this must be a misprint , but there was never a correction made , by anyone .. so this must be what the standards are ?? how is this allowed to happen ?? and if it is true that these were the rules before , why can't we change the rules to protect our children ?? and wouldn't the people who would be resposnible for changing these rules , be our commissioners??
i urge every county citizen to attend the commissioners meetings , they are held every tuesday and thursday mornings , at 9:00 am in the top floor of the county commissioners building on milan avenue.we , can insist that they change or at least attempt to change the method of investigating prospective foster parents .
we must , change our standards , or we have not burried our last child