Layoffs, firing at Huron County Job & Family Services

Fourth worker fired for visiting 'explicit' Web sites NORWALK More layoffs might be in store for Huron County Jobs and
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Fourth worker fired for visiting 'explicit' Web sites

NORWALK

More layoffs might be in store for Huron County Jobs and Family Services employees, administrators said Thursday.

Huron County JFS laid off three employees last week and fired another Tuesday. The terminated employee was accused of threatening a customer and looking at explicit material while at work.

Assistant Program Administrator Marla White, Eligibility/Referral Supervisor Jon Kelley and Public Information Officer Stacia Badovick all received layoff notifications Aug. 10.

Huron County JFS Assistant Director Bonnie Richards said Kelley later filled a vacant bargaining unit position, in which she earns about $2 less per hour, but will receive the same benefits. White and Badovick's layoffs go into effect Aug. 24.

Richards said the layoffs resulted from an agency review process to make Huron County JFS more efficient and effective.

"We're incorporating a unit that had nine people into one that has 30 and we'll be expecting the supervisors to supervise more people," she said.

Richards didn't rule out the possibility of more layoffs.

"I hope that there's no further layoffs," she said Thursday afternoon. "But (Huron County JFS Director Lowell Etzler) and I will be continuing to review the process of the agency to ensure the best possible customer service and that the jobs of our staff are done efficiently and with accountability."

White started working for Huron County JFS in 1986 and Badovick started in 1995.

Nichole Baker, who screened JFS customers to determine their social service program eligibility, received her termination letter Tuesday.

Richards said that from June 8-22, JFS state chief investigator's office monitored Baker's computer after receiving a complaint about the specialist visiting an online chat room.

"Ohio JFS found out that her visits there were unsubstantiated," Richards said about Baker's chat room visits. "However, there were visits to sexually explicit sites and her yahoo.com (e-mail) account was visited excessively."

Richards said Huron County JFS has filters that block explicit sites, but not explicit pop-up windows.

"We (also) have rules and regulations in house that do not allow that," she said. "You would be able to go in on one site. You can open up and there might be little boxes on that site that if you click on you can then access pornography."

Another reason Baker was terminated, Richards said, was for disrespect shown to a JFS customer June 29.

In Baker's letter of termination, Etzler wrote that she "made repeated remarks (e.g. living off the system, using profanity and threatening language) towards a customer of the agency."

Baker was hired Jan. 12, 2004 and made $11.64 per hour at the time of her termination.