Bobby A Reed Harold L Barger Ralph M Gaither Stranded students rescued by Brown County cooperation 4-H Teen Ambassador Dunning attends SHOT Show Veterans Service Commission invites veterans to seek help with benefits Unemployment rate rises in Brown County Pick a Lollipop, help a dog A season to remember G-Men hit the field for first baseball scrimmage Eastern’s Rigdon, Purdy earn AP SE District Div. III honors New blocking, kicking rules address risk minimization in high school football Judy A Schneider James M Darnell Lawanda R Truesdell Paul E Grisham Arrelous R Rowland Dennis E Stivers David M Daniels Fayetteville man is charged with child porn April 1st Grand Opening for Jacob’s Ladder Resale Boutique in Georgetown Talent Show auditions at Gaslight Theatre Nine indicted by county grand jury Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall visit coming next May to BC Fairgrounds In it to win it! Bronco wrestlers end season on successful note Eastern’s Hopkins finishes 5th in long jump at OATCCC State Indoor Track and Field Meet SBAAC awards academic all-stars, winning teams Marvin D Atkin Beverly S Flatt Jessie M Sanders Leroy Deck Sr Jody A Towler Sherman E Young Kenneth C Burton Varnau’s face second defamation suit Attorney General to visit Georgetown schools Clermont County GOP hosts Wenstrup, DeWine at dinner Fatal car crash in Adams County BC Chamber welcomes new Cricket Wireless store to Mt. Orab Aberdeen Council approves 2017 budget Royce K Zimmerman Lady Warriors advance to Elite 8 SBAAC awards boys basketball all-stars SBAAC girls basketball all-stars take home awards SHAC Winter Sports Awards Banquet set for March 12 Altman claims 170-pound district title Sirkka L Buller Arthur C Schneider Lowell G Neal Virginia M Schirmer Connie S Darling Harold L Purdin Terry E Frye Lucille Schumacher Lady Warriors roll to district finals Broncos take care of business to claim sectional crown G-Men upset MVCA to earn berth sectional finals WBHS JROTC Rifle Team competes at Camp Perry Lady Rockets finish 12-12 Season reaches end for Rockets Eugene D Ring Two indicted on major drug charges Two charged with home invasion Cincinnati airport expanding services, lowering prices in effort to compete Two sentenced in common pleas court Georgetown man hurt in car crash Robert G Miller Linda M Howland Robert E McKinney Mildred J Hodges Farrel L Amiott Patricia Brown Rick L Dye Mary E Nagel Betty Ratliff Broncos claim SBAAC wrestling title Broncos pull ahead for win over G-Men in SBAAC Tourney Ripley boys wrap up regular season with win at Lynchburg Eastern girls are sectional champs Anderson pleads not guilty to battery charge Some county offices to change locations Fayetteville prepares for Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall HealthSource hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Five sentenced in Brown County Common Pleas Court June Howser Marguerite A Fender Timothy D Harris Jay R Purdy Robin S Godwin Marc A Wachter Chester W Eyre Warriors blast past the G-Men, 61-40 Rockets performing well heading into post-season tournament play Lady Warriors bring home the Gold with perfect 13-0 finish in SHAC Western Brown Junior High wrestling team wraps up successful season Rockets fall victim to ‘Pack’ attack Broncos suffer heartbreaking loss to Mentor Lake Catholic in state quarterfinals Adult Education Center coming to county ‘Senior Playground’ moving forward at Georgetown park

‘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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