State and federal budget cuts are forcing Erie County Job and Family Services to lay off six employees in the department's Child Support Enforcement Agency unit.
Judy Englehart, executive director of the department, said her agency will do its best to find other jobs for the six within the department. She said Erie County's commissioners turned down a request for $96,000 from the county's general fund to head off the layoffs, citing the county's tight budget.
Erie County's Child Support Enforcement Agency has 9,000 active child support cases, collected $16 million in 2007 and has won awards for its effectiveness. The personnel cuts, scheduled for May 30, will reduce the unit's size from 27 employees to 21. The department had 28 people only a few weeks ago, but one position was abolished when an employee retired.
"I could not believe such a vital and successful unit would be decimated by lack of funding," Englehart said.