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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