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."

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Four area residents are among the 45 applicants for the position of Sandusky city manager. Eric Dumbeck, Norwalk, is the former director of Huron County Job and Family Services. He has a bachelor's degree from Cedarville University along with a master's degree in clinical counseling from Heidelberg, where he graduated with honors.

Hey Cary Ashby ...

Why is it that everytime somebody gets fired they get "canned"? Beans are canned. Peaches are canned. People do not get canned.

People DO get c...

It's social workers. Soylent Green is made out of former social workers. They're making our food out of people. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them!

Buttercup (Anon...

Get your own name, BITTERCUP.

bitterup (Anonymous)

That is my own name, I thought yours was Buttercup? Do you feel that you are entiled to all names that end in cup. You must work for Jon and Marla, they think they own the world too. So Bittercup I will remain.

bitterup is now...

OOOOOOHHHHH I think I will legally change my name to Buttercup, yep from now on all my postings will be signed Buttercup.

Buttercup (Anon...

Well don't expect me to eat Soylent Green, them social workers are tough and nasty. That was when they were alive, can you imagine what they taste like dead, YUK.

ex-employee (An...

Sorry for all I've said before, these are wonderful people and I should be shot for saying the nasty things I've said.

ex employee (An...

I take back what I said, I should not be shot for what I said I should have a monument built in my name.

the REAL ex-emp...

In law, defamation is the communication of a statement that makes a false claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may harm the reputation of an individual, business, product, group, government or nation. Most jurisdictions allow legal actions, civil and/or criminal, to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against criticism. I'm so sorry guys!

itssss meeee (A...

I would never take back what I said. The person that wrote that is on crack or something.

someone who car...

Duplicate posting: People you have gotten off track. This is about an office that has been in trouble for a long time. You have a Director who had an affair when he was not Director, mistake on his part but who am I to judge. You have a woman who had the affair with him, was she over looked for promotion, who knows. That will be determined by a court of law. You have 2 people who are out of work. Does it make a difference if they drink or don't drink. That office is crying out for new leadership and it can not come from within. There are to many hard feelings in the office amongst the staff and management. The commissioners need to look outside the agency for new blood, someone who does not have a history with the office. Then maybe then they can get back to the business of helping the fine people of Huron County. God Bless "

ex-employee (An...

"Defamation" is the general term used internationally, and is used in this article where it is not necessary to distinguish between "slander" and "libel". Libel and slander both require publication. The fundamental distinction between libel and slander lies solely in the form in which the defamatory matter is published. If the offending material is published in some fleeting form, as by spoken words or sounds, sign language, gestures and the like, then this is slander. If it is published in more durable form, for example in written words, film, compact disc (CD), DVD, internet blogging and the like, then it is considered libel. (Sorry again)

re: itssss meee...

nice come-back. Real mature. What are you, 12?

ex employee (An...

This person is wasting tax payer money. They are using state equipment to make these postings. They think that they can scare me but they can't. I have someone on myside that is more powerful.

itssss meeee (A...

Public servant, get back to work. What am I paying you for. Remeber big brother is watching you.

re: it's you! (...

Shouldn't you be out buying school clothes? what grade ya goin in this year? 2nd? Take a spelling class so you will "Remeber" how to spell when you grow up!

hey ex (Anonymous)

who's the powerful one on your side? your mommy?

itssss meeee (A...

I have noticed the only time you respond is during working hours, well I have to go to work now and I don't use company equipment for personal use. I actually work for my money. Now go to work helping the people of Huron County and quit using the state computer for personal usage.

ever hear of a....

day off?

erver heard of ...

yeah right. Oh I forgot you HCDJFS employee's get days off all the time. Big bucks for no work and time off to boot.

ex employee/But...

Well I have to go to work, so I will see you when I have put in my 9 hours. You see I do not abuse the company equipment for personal use.

I love it! (Ano...

none of you people have got a clue!

re someone who ...

Don't play silly games, pray for the people who use this issue to degrade others. When someone put another down, please to not stoop to their level. This is serious, 3 people have lost their jobs. Life is so fragile.

Cary,Cary,Cary!...

TSK< TSK< Can't you write about anything that may be important? Same sht different day! Stop trying to keep this sad state of events up on the mountaintop. It only shows that if mr. hot pants had stayed faithful to his wife to begin with, we would'nt be hearing about all this bulllarky. Get your minds out of the gutter ladies and gentlemen. Stop the witch hunt and let's hang the real troublemaker, Mr. hot pants! Hear the Roar Mr. Hot Pants? They're coming for ya!

Hummmm, Bachelo...

Maybe he (Eric) should be intelligent enough to know that cheating on his wife is called adultry.

bababooey (Anon...

And all of you are definately invited to wwII

ged (Anonymous)

it seems that everyone is getting off track with this ... I , for one, am very glad that there is a major shake up at the HCJFS office .. they do have alot of good people out ther , along with alot of bad, lazy gossiping backstabbers , and it is time to clean house ... i am also , personally glad that MR Dumbeck is gone .. he should have been doing the job that he was paid to do , instead of causing more problems to an already troubled organization

Been Thinking (...

Nicki started out in the file room, has affair with Erich when he was supervising a unit, then the affair ends either before he applied for the Director position or soon there after. Nicki was promoted while the affair was going on. Now is she a womaned scorned because he chose his wife over her or did she keep pursuing him thinking if she waved the affair over his head she could move up the ladder or was he truely harrassing her. We may never know.

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