JFS hikes bosses' pay in midst of union talks

The interim director of Huron County's Job and Family Services (JFS) said almost $42,000 in raises for 10 administrators and supervisors were simply "equity adjustments" that were long overdue. "We had supervisors that were supervising individuals that were paid more than they were," Lowell Etzler, interim director, said. "They've been out of line for quite a number of years."
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

The interim director of Huron County's Job and Family Services (JFS) said almost $42,000 in raises for 10 administrators and supervisors were simply "equity adjustments" that were long overdue.

"We had supervisors that were supervising individuals that were paid more than they were," Lowell Etzler, interim director, said. "They've been out of line for quite a number of years."

Ten of the department's 21 supervisors and administrators got raises ranging from more than $10,000 to $1,600.

Amy Leibold received the largest raise of $10,150, about 25 percent, making her the fourth highest-paid administrator, according to information provided to the Reflector by the department. Etzler said she is in the department's financial area.

Chris Robertson, a work force supervisor, received an $8,000 raise. Charlene Steffani, a supervisor in child support, received a $5,400 raise and Michelle Daniel, also a supervisor in child support, received a $4,300 raise.

Janet Poyer, Brian Lindsley, Connie Leimbach, Alice Hamons, Lenora Minor and Jeanne Fisher also received raises. (See the box accompanying this article).

Etzler said the raises had been planned for some time and estimated the raises only increased total salaries for administration by about 3 percent. "If you compare it to the job they're doing and the responsibilities they have, I'd say it was in line," Etzler said. "They were way underpaid," in comparison to JFS workers in surrounding counties, he added.

"In the whole realm of reorganization, this was a part of the total reorganization," said Etzler, who makes $58,000 for his JFS position. "There are still some adjustments planned," he said, but they will probably not affect salaries.

Nancy Brown, administrator of the child support area, retired in September, and Etzler said the position will not be filled at this time. She earned $55,700 per year.

Another six supervisors or administrators were given longevity raises, which Etzler said are required by federal civil service regulations. Five of these administrators received five cents per hour raises, while one received a 20 cents per hour longevity raise. The 20-cent per hour raise amounts to $416 annually.

JFS has been negotiating with union employees since their contract ran out at the end of June. Etzler said JFS has filed an unfair labor practice against the union, so he declined to discuss the progress of negotiations. He said he is waiting to hear if the state Labor Relations Board will grant a hearing on the agency's filing.

Etzler said he has no idea how the news of raises for administrators will factor in to negotiations. He would not reveal the latest offer on the table for the union to consider. "I won't even discuss that," he said. "We're still in the process of negotiations."

In August, three positions were elimated in a move that agency officials said had to "do more with less and being more efficient." The JFS allocation for the fiscal year 2008 was reduced by $411,000, according to information from the agency, and the three cuts were supposed to save the agency $172,701.

The job cuts were the latest in a series of shakeups at the JFS agency, which came under public scrutiny following high-profile cases involving Michael and Sharen Gravelle and Paul Efaw. Earlier this year, Etzler was named interim director, temporarily replacing Erich Dumbeck, who resigned. Then, Teresa Alt was appoined to replace David Broehl as program administrator of the children services unit.

In August, a screener was fired for allegedly threatening one of the agency's clients and using computer equipment to access pornography. In response, she sued JFS. The case is set to go to trial in July.

Comments

citizen4change ...

WEll i see my comments were deleted over here as well. The powers that be are trying to hide the fact they have an employee who works for them that is breaking all the confidentiality rules. I say this if you have private issues that need dealt with by job and family services, i would be very cautious on who you deal with.

Betty Licter (A...

Whoever wrote that reply to SWISS FAMILY should get a gold medal. YOU are my new hero.

thank you (Anon...

reflector for removing pi4life's comments. much appreciated. now for swissfamilyterror?

swiss family......

you state that huron county workers are paid less than any county around... well there is good reason for that...it doesn't take a genius to figure this one out...or did it???

To Betty Licter...

I am your new hero? Thank you. It appears stupid is as stupid swiss family writes. Could Swiss be at the local grocery store attacking a cashier for the price of milk? Or Swiss could be at a gas station screaming at the pump for the high price of gas. Certainly Stupid Is will reply. Stupid Is just can't figure it out.

Betty Licter (A...

Don't look now, but I think you scared swiss away! lololol!

green eyes (Ano...

That theory is full of holes! Yuck, yuck..it was there and I had to use it.

re:green eyes (...

I'll give you that, it was good...

T$Robinson........

wasn't the whole idea of giving some of these raises to better align the difference between the pay of the employee's compared to their bosses? well i might be mistaken, but even with all of the raises, isn't Janet Poyer's pay still more than that of her boss?? what's the deal there??

Hey Tami (Anonymous)

I'll thank you to go away again.

green eyes (Ano...

because Mr E isn't her permanent boss? he's SUPPOSED to be temporary. Besides which, that reason was a lie. The average worker makes $11.57 per hour and the supervisors were making more than that. A few line workers with longevity make more. But they have many years of service. Janet has many years of service and her boss does not. The important quote from Mr E says that the supervisors pay has been out of line (meaning not enough) for many years. That certainly goes for the line workers also and I hope his quote comes back to him in the negotiations. As in to get quality work you need quality pay. Very eloquent.

swiss family......

Janet Poyer always does a fair and professional job, and it is obvious that her main concern is helping her clients, but Connie Hemenway, and her evil sidekick Sally are evil and hateful slackers who deserve to be fired

re swiss family...

what did Connie H and Sally T do to you for you to call them evil? I'll probably be sorry for asking..but i'm asking. I know you used to work at djfs..so what happened that you would describe them as evil?

to citizen4chan...

You keep going on and on about a clerk in Child Support giving our personal information. Have you reported it to the authorities or do you just want to spout off here. If this has truly happened to you go to the commissioners with facts, dates, time and who the information was given to. This is not the forum for that.

to swiss family...

I do not believe that you have now or ever worked for JFS. You have a personal grievance about Sally and Connie H. and you are in need to counseling to find out why you carry such hatred. You need to face your anger and move on with your life. Connie and Sally are good people, maybe you did not receive all the benefits from them you felt you should. They only follow the rules mandated by the State of Ohio. Time to move on Swiss Family.

comment to citi...

Let me fill you in on Mr. Citizen for change. This is his way of harassaing his soon to be ex-wife. You see he is a abuser and this isn't the first woman he has abused, unfortunatley she wasn't aware of his abusive behaviour until it was to late. She has had to have a Civil Protection Order filed against him as well as the county filing telephone harassment charges against him for threatening county employees on the phone at work as well as his soon to be X. What is really scary is that this guy directs trains for the railroad. I am thinking the railroad ought to have him mentally tested and probably drug tested. The best part of the complaint he makes it sound like the clerk (soon to be x and by the way her title isn't a clerk, but clerical specialist) she doesn't even deal with the customers or cases. He is getting his info from someone else but isn't wanting to tell the truth. Of course why would you. He is probably seeing another worker out there who is filling him in and then trying to put the blame on his poor wife. He has tried everything to get her to loose her job. Thinking it would drive her back to him. You know helpless single mother without any income would have no choice to go back to the abuser. Well guess what it isn't going to happen so get a life and move on with your next victim. Let this poor woman alone so she can move on with her life without you.

green eyes (Ano...

If Tami R is "swiss family, et al" she did indeedy work for djfs in the administration department way back when in the 1990's. I can't remember when she left..but i'm sure she left for a more lucrative position. Which would fit in with her having the good job that allows her access to a computer on her breaks and lunches. Anyway, swiss, i'm curious as to the story of why you called Connie and Sally evil.

To green eyes.....

Go green eyes! Go green eyes! Connie is one of the nicest people I know! Have known for a long time! And I too am quite curious as to what swiss guzzler Tami will reply.

green eyes (Ano...

here swissy, swissy, swiss...... he-hem..hello? When we'd like you on here you go awol on us? C'mon reflector..bait the trap..print a nice story on how gas prices in Norwalk have been lowered thanks to the tireless efforts of our beloved.. okay, irritate the holes out of her by printing a story on the poor kiddies who have to walk to school because the powers that decide have a burr up their butts..c'mon anything. I'm having swiss withdrawl..and the muenster just isn't cutting it. (get it, cutting it? cut the cheese?)

To green eyes.....

She'll be back, either this morning or afternoon. Depends on what time she gets to work...you are right, we need the Reflector staff to dig deeper, even if you have to go to the archives, we need something related to the price of gas, milk or children. Maybe children who run on gas and drink milk...

green eyes (Ano...

okay, i'll have patience. meanwhile, reflector, get on that indepth story of children who run on milk and produce gas!

Hey green eyes ...

Once I had to tell swiss guzzler the name was Hemenway, not Hemmingway. I see she took to my advice and spelled it right. Now if swiss could learn how to READ we'd be on the right track...she ignores any and all 'guidance' we try to give her. Why, I'd even bet my next paycheck she's a democrat.

simply laughabl...

T$Robinson......... wrote on Nov 11, 2007 8:12 PM:

" I WISH I COULD SHARE WITH YOU WHAT MY JOB IS, BUT IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME.. i spend a considerable amount of my time each day dealing with children, and teens, and the problems that they encounter... and i also volunteer at the animal shelters, so all of your theories about me hating children and animals is simply laughable!! lolol "

To simply laugh...

Not really. I spent a lot of time with my ex-husband and I didn't like him.

green eyes (Ano...

Good one!
There was also a Todd R who worked for djfs, but swiss is allegedly female. I think Tami moved out of the area..but I suppose she could've moved back because otherwise if one lived in Columbus why would they care about the price of gas in Norwalk?

green eyes (Ano...

Also, Tami was quiet and polite from what I can recall. Maybe someone is using her identity?

To green eyes (...

Gotta be the same one. Why would anyone want her identity? She signs in as T$Robinson, and I just wonder if the $ is the initial of the maiden name? Could she be a Tami Sue? She lives here in town, by the way. I see she opted out on today's chatter. What's a matter, swiss, are we scaring you away?? We want the skinny on Connie and Sally A.S.A.P. so hurry baaaaaaaaaaaack.

green eyes (Ano...

it was gibson at one time if memory serves

to green eyes (...

I went to school with her...can't be the same. She was polite and quiet, even in school. Still, me thinks me knows who TSR is...I hope you are wrong, only because I'd hate to think TG would be so hateful after all these years. Now we've done scared the little Mrs. away, we can lure her in with a story on gas prices...milk prices...toy prices...com'on Reflector, GIVE US SOME DIRT!

T$Robinson.... ...

YOU GUYS ARE WAY OFF TRACK.. MY NAME ISN'T EVEN CLOSE TO BEING "TAMIE" OR HAVING A MIDDLE NAME OF "GIBSON" SORRY ABOUT YOUR LUCK .. WHY DON'T YOU QUIT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO I AM, AND COMMENT ON THE STORY AT HAND????/

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