Retirees may not be replaced.
By STEPHEN SIFF
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- Christina Campbell, Trumbull County Child Support Enforcement Agency director, plans to be among the roughly 20 county employees to take early retirement under a plan offered by commissioners.
The plan allows workers at CSEA and Trumbull County Jobs and Family Services to retire up to two years before reaching 30 years of service. The county has to pay out to cover workers' last years of retirement plan payments, but saves money on salaries.
Upfront costs are expected to be several hundred thousand dollars between the two agencies, officials said. Many workers who accept buyouts are not expected to be replaced.
Campbell said she will leave at the end of the buyout period. Her last day will likely be a year away, she said.
"I wanted to see what I can do in the coming year, so I can help," she said.
Campbell, 49, earns $72,246 a year.
Four out of the five CSEA workers likely to take buyouts are members of management, she said. The agency has 63 employees.
At Jobs and Family Services, 10 out of the 12 or 15 people expected to take buyouts are managers, said Director Tom Mahoney.
"Most people, I won't have to replace," he said.
If the agency does take on more employees, it will be union workers to help tackle the mounting caseloads, not managers, he said.
"I don't need any more managers, I need Indians," he said.
Campbell said she did not know of plans to replace CSEA employees after her departure. There has been talk about consolidating JFS and CSEA, she said.
Several counties, including Mahoning, have combined the two agencies, she said.
The process in Trumbull County would be complicated by the fact that workers at each agency are represented by different unions.