JFS presents annual report

By Kelsey Kimbler - kkimbler@registerherald.com

EATON — Preble County Job and Family Services Director Becky Sorrell presented her annual report for 2018 during a county commissioners meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The report shared the following information:

•There is one staff member who has been employed with JFS for 40 years. Out of the entire staff, 45 percent have been employed with JFS for more than 10 years.

•Throughout the year, seven employees left for various reasons and there were six new hires.

•There was a decrease in job center visitors, which Sorrell attributes to the low unemployment rate. They are considering it a “victory,” but are also making steps to market the job center.

•Child support numbers have also seen a decrease.

•Children Services referrals and screenings are up, but the department took less children into custody in 2018. Adoptions also saw a major increase during the year.

•Cost for Child Placement was down by $3,000.

Sorrell also presented her monthly report for January 2019.

In other business, Commissioner Denise Robertson reported she was approached about hosting a “clean up day” in the county. She noted, there are several community groups dedicated to cleaning up Preble County, but promised to mention the idea to her fellow commissioners.

“I think that would be a personal thing, if that person wants to do something. I would support them,” Commissioner Rodney Creech said.

She promised to touch base with the citizen who asked to see what he or she was thinking of doing, and what level of commitment they would want from the commissioners. If the citizen simply wanted the board to declare a day to clean up the county, the board could approve a proclamation.

The Preble County Board of Commissioners meets every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Preble County Courthouse, unless noted otherwise.

By Kelsey Kimbler


Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH