Hamilton Co. JFS eliminating jobs

By Meghan Mongillo - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A department in Hamilton County has already started cutting jobs, and it has nothing to do with the financial crisis that will eliminate 532 positions.

Hamilton County Job and Family services is county run, but state funded, so money given to them by the state of Ohio is being cut by 40 percent.

They received $117 million this year, and next year they'll only get $72 million to work with. This money is used to operate the department, to do paperwork and investigate cases.

Brian Gregg of Hamilton County JFS  says he expects 350 positions to be gone by the end of the year.

This includes both layoffs and retirements, and they are hoping some employees volunteer to retire and they are offering them an incentive package.

The job cuts started two months ago, and right now, 25 support staff positions are gone.

"We are mandated to protect children to provide child support, to provide all kids of things...we'll continue to do so," said Gregg.

While the funding used to operate the department is being cut, a monthly payment someone may be getting will stay the same.