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Mahoning commissioners select Atty. Bob Bush as new JFS director

Published: Thu, December 23, 2010 @ 7:39 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County commissioners tapped the chief of the prosecutor’s office criminal division from a field of 45 as the new director of the Department of Job and Family Services.

Commissioners unanimously appointed Atty. Robert E. Bush Jr. at a meeting today. Bush also previously served as police chief of Youngstown and its law director. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2005.

He will replace Judee Genetin, who earned $100,896 when she left last month to become Portage County JFS director. George Tablack, county administrator, said Bush’s salary will likely be the same as Genetin’s.

Bush begins the job Jan. 1.

Lettie B. Elam had been serving as interim JFS director and Audrey Morales as interim assistant director since last month.

Commissioners thanked them for their service.

“You served our department very, very well in the midst of really challenging times,” Commissioner Anthony Traficanti said.

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1Silence_Dogood(1669 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Mr Bush is one of the VERY few people in public office that I have 1000% faith and confidence in. I wish him well and would like to THANK him for his lifetime of service.

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2Nom_De_Plume(60 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Bob is a nice guy but it's always baffled me as to why he applies for just about any opening that comes along. (Postal inspector, policeman, asst. prosecutor, law director, police chief, mayoral candidate, applicant for common pleas judge, applicant for probate court judge, interested in MYCAP executive director position, and now this) If you get past the "nice guy" factor, what qualifications does he actually have for this position?

I hate to sound like Bertram, but it looks like a straight-up political deal to pump up his three highest years of PERS. C'est la vie, I wish him well.

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3davidjohn(144 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago


whenever you think you need a black person for a job

it is bush

as if he is the only qualified black in the area

how offensive to the black community

by the way

does it have to be a black person in charge of jobs and family

when questioned about blacks on welfare

dontt the race baiters always say there are more whites on welfare then blacks

this is about pers

good old boys

gains didnt pay him enough to sit around

thats why gains asked for a 60% increase in his budget

but lets see if bertram tells it like it is

or is scared off by the politically correct crowd

can anyone really say that this guy has done a bang up job

at any of these appointed positions

remember when he went for probate

admitted he knew nothing about probate

but he had no shame

i am black

i dare you not to pick me

thats why this community looks the way it does

count the number of incompetents holding public positions

no it is christmas eve

count the number of competent people in public positions

it will save you lots of time

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4wastepro(59 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I thought you needed financial experience for this position. He has been ineffective in every position he has held.

Time for the Valley to move on and hire competent people to fill positions like this.

Tell it like it is Bertram

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5mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

The man has no experience in this field, so why give him the same salary as the person he is replacing? He should prove himself in the position before receiving a high salary.

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6harleydog(243 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I would be happy if someone answered the phones at child support. You can call for weeks and no one picks up the phone.

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7unhappyvoter1(87 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

i think you need more help at the welfare office. no one ever picks up, feel sorry for the people that work there.

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