JFS worker canned for porn, threats

A screener with the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services was fired Tuesday for threatening one of the agency's clients and using computer equipment to access pornography. Nichole "Nicki" Baker had been a screener since March 7, 2005. She was hired as a HCDJFS clerical specialist Jan. 12, 2004.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

A screener with the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services was fired Tuesday for threatening one of the agency's clients and using computer equipment to access pornography.

Nichole "Nicki" Baker had been a screener since March 7, 2005. She was hired as a HCDJFS clerical specialist Jan. 12, 2004.

Baker was fired effective immediately for acting inappropriately toward a client while on the agency's time and making "repeated remarks" and using profanity toward the client, HCDJFS Interim Director Lowell Etzler said. She reportedly used agency telephones to threaten the same woman and violated "common decency" standards by calling the client a vulgar name via text messaging, Etzler said.

Between June 8 and 22, Baker excessively used her Yahoo! e-mail account and used agency computers to access pornography, he continued. Etzler, who became the interim director June 1 to replace Erich Dumbeck, said he didn't have any knowledge of other HCDJFS employees doing similar things.

Baker's job as a screener was to make the initial contact with someone who reports a complaint to the agency, Etzler explained.

"They get the information from the individual and turn it over to a case worker," he added.

Three other HCDJFS employees were told Friday their jobs would be eliminated, effective Aug. 24.

The positions held by assistant program administrator Marla White, eligibility/referral supervisor Jon Kelley and public information officer Stacia Badovick were eliminated due to staff cuts to save about $173,000.

Only one of those people, Kelley, was offered another job to follow cvil services rules and regulations.

"She is exercising her displacement rights," HCDJFS Assistant Director Bonnie Richards said, and has decided to be an eligibility specialist. Kelley could start the case worker position as soon as Aug. 27.

Richards said earlier the agency was "looking at a lot of other avenues before cutting staff." She also had said the three cuts were part of a "reorganization for the entire agency."

Etzler wasn't sure if HCDJFS would hire someone to take over Baker's position.

"We're in the process of doing some reorganization so that (decision) will fall under that," he said.

In January, a Huron County Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) officer dismissed a employment discrimination complaint Baker filed against Dumbeck, the agency's director from May 2004 through June 1 of this year.

The EEO officer concluded that evidence didn't support Baker's "claim of adverse employment decisions." However, she said Dumbeck's conduct during various phone calls and e-mails to two administrative employees was "unwarranted and unwise."

In April, Baker filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Dumbeck, HCDJFS and the county commissioners, saying she had been passed over for five promotions because of "Dumbeck's infatuations with her." She accused Dumbeck of making "unwelcome physical contact" by reportedly touching her on the hips, shoulders and back and said he made an "unwelcome advance," all between January and 2004 and January of this year.

Baker and Dumbeck had a personal relationship starting in January 2004, when they were co-workers supervised by different administrators.

"There's nothing going on (now) I know of," Richards said about the lawsuit. "It's still pending."

Comments

Randall Summert...

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now (Anonymous)

let me get this straight.....nobody is upset over how she treated a customer? imagine this, you walk in give your name and number and then you have someone like her call you up to harass you....what type of person is this Nicki Baker?

Nicki the best advise I can give you is to move out of town and start your life over....Everyone makes mistakes....not like this usually.... but they do make mistakes....

funny (Anonymous)

too too funny!!!! she's not going anywhere. she doesn't run like dumbeck.....speaking of.....did ya all see him selling fries at the fair?!?! too funny!!!

green eyes (Ano...

There is no privacy for her to be looking at x-rated stuff. Many people would've heard the moans and groans

Landlord (Anonymous)

Actually myspace is a good place for doing background checks. I have rental property and that on of the first places I check! Who's to say she wasn't doing the same thing?

hey nicki or cr...

why keep bringing others into this....let me guess dumbeck made you do it...LOL.....and still LOL....

duh (Anonymous)

hi heather dumbeck so how's life treating ya?!?! lol

not (Anonymous)

i'm not heather dumbeck but i wish i was....her husband is hot...

green eyes (Ano...

as far as treating customers..perhaps she just snapped. imagine what it would be like to have people screaming at you, calling you every name in the book and inventing new ones

hey (Anonymous)

i did see dumbeck working at the fair....wonder if nicki will be there tomorrow...probably....what else does she have to do?

concerned (Anon...

Wouldn't it be a hoot if the "customer" is her brother's ex girlfriend, and they had just broken up and she did not like Nikki?

hey (Anonymous)

right...she just snapped....then they did the right thing and got her out of there before she snapped or snatched again...

hey (Anonymous)

what makes the difference alot of people have break ups in their families, this is just cause? give me a break, i would say this is worse then...she didn't stay she premeditated.

hey (Anonymous)

what makes the difference alot of people have break ups in their families, this is just cause? give me a break, i would say this is worse then...she didn't snap she premeditated.

just wondering ...

Has anyone told Nicki yet who went to the union to request this investigation? If they did hopefully they got her reaction on camera because I'm sure it was priceless.

green eyes (Ano...

for hey; i was making a point that perhaps the offense to a customer was taken out of context. the workers take alot of verbal abuse.

Gutter (Anonymous)

You can easily bypass most filters with backdoor (built in for safety reasons) passwords. If that doesn't work, you can possibly even use an IP Tunnel that connects to your home network which uses the connection at your house to access the stuff, i.e. www.gotomypc.com

Last but not least you can use a proxy server which connects the computer to a normal looking site that allows you to enter any web address for viewing.

Not all filters work, many new sites start up daily, can't update that fast.

lovin it (Anonymous)

so, is nicki single??

gut feeling (An...

there's some tell tale tapes somewhere in the mix. heard tricky nicky got caught on tape with herpuss out.dumballs musta had a camera in motion. lol

mclovin (Anonymous)

does it matter?

yes (Anonymous)

the irony of it....the client is her bros ex.....hmmmmm...interesting!!!

hey (Anonymous)

point taken. but not agreed with. she called and text messaged this person....she wasn't in a confrontational situation. i agree that these workers probably take alot of verbal abuse but doesn't anyone nice come into the job and family agency? come on?

Gutter (Anonymous)

Yeah I believe she is but she looks like a dude in the face.

lovin it (Anonymous)

a dude??? now that's funny!!!

hey (Anonymous)

why is this ironic....this person has right to go to a public place and apply for any of the benefits, just because someone out there doesn't like you means they can harass you? again, you're making this sound premeditated

no no (Anonymous)

it's not

Re: Concerned (...

Funny you should say that, I just heard the same thing about a hour ago. I knew the real story would come out here sooner or latter!!

green eyes (Ano...

agreed, there are nice people and lots of them. i'm just saying that after a few nasties i could understand someone losing it and not remembering they were being taped. if every vulgarity made news then the reporters would be parked in the agency

hey (Anonymous)

knock knock

hey (Anonymous)

who's there at the job and family agency

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