Four charged in overdose death Underage felonies strain county system Fayetteville looks forward to 2018 celebration Russellville council discusses underground tanks in village Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter Virginia L McQuitty Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors

‘It’s just overwhelming’

From left, center, Brown County Commissioners Tony Applegate, Daryll Gray and Barry Woodruff review agenda items during Monday’s meeting. Sarah Prebble, clerk, is pictured on the left.

Employees with the local Department of Job and Family Services are overwhelmed, according to its director.

Brown County commissioners heard about the department’s struggles from David “Mitch” Sharp, the department’s Brown County director, during his update to the board about personnel Monday morning.

Sharp said each case worker has approximately 600 cases. He said the expansion of Medicaid has added to the workload.

“It’s just overwhelming,” Sharp said.

Sharp said the department is “OK” the next couple of years, but funding from the state is expected to decline. He said reimbursement from the federal government is high and could still offset the decrease from the state.

Sharp said if funding decreases too much, though, the department would not replace a person if he or she leaves.

“Which exacerbates the caseload,” said Commissioner Barry Woodruff.

“Yes,” Sharp said.

Woodruff said Hamilton County’s JFS has a 40-percent turnover. Sharp said that caseloads are high “wherever you go.”

“It is such a grind. It never stops,” Sharp said. “The best day you have is Saturday because on Sunday, you’re thinking about Monday morning.”

Sharp said two employees are resigning, one is taking leave and two employees are retiring soon and are expected to be rehired at a lower rate of pay than what they’re currently making.

During Wednesday’s commissioners meeting, the board approved the hiring of two individuals to replace the ones which resigned. Sharp said he’ll bring two more folks in other positions for the commissioners’ approval in the coming weeks.

In other business on Wednesday, commissioners received a letter from their attorney, John Woliver, that stated Judge John Kessler will likely affirm the commissioners’ decision that $4,000 should be the fee paid to Brown County Coroner Dr. Judith Varnau’s attorney for his work in her appeals case.

Woliver stated in the letter Kessler wants to see if there were any agreements in place in the case.

Thomas Eagle is asking for $18,000 for his work on Varnau’s appeal.

Reach Lora Abernathy at 937-378-6161, ext. 1843 or on Twitter @abernathylora.

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