Bush chosen as chief of JFS

By Denise Dick



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 Thursday.

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.

Elam plans to retire, and Traficanti asked that Morales continue as interim assistant director for another month while Bush is new to the post.

Commissioner-elect Carol Rimedio-Righetti also participated in the candidate interviews.

Before his appointment, Bush said his priorities would include familiarizing himself with the agency’s budget and past performance audits to determine how to deliver services more efficiently.

With nearly 300 employees and a $24 million annual budget, JFS is the largest county department.

After Thursday’s meeting, Bush said he also hopes to resolve grievances filed by the union at JFS.

“When there’s disagreement, we go back to the contract,” he said, adding that was how he handled disputes when he was police chief.


In other business, Commissioners approved labor contracts with three bargaining units in the sheriff’s department.

“It will save about $3.7 million per year in concessions,” said Sheriff Randall Wellington.

The members of the three bargaining units: the blue unit that includes deputies, the gold unit consisting of ranking officers and the civilian unit.

The unions approved the one-year pacts earlier this month, calling for freezes of all monetary benefits. That includes a pay freeze, elimination of clothing allowance and longevity pay through the life of the contract and being paid time-and-a-half instead of double-time-and- a-half for holiday work.

The gold unit also agreed to eliminate overtime in 2011, and four ranking positions left vacant through retirement will not be filled.

The salary for members of the blue unit ranges from $24,796 for starting deputies, called cadets, to $42,355 for a senior deputy.

The 28-member gold unit includes captains, lieutenants and sergeants. Salaries range from $51,250 for sergeants to $67,778 for captains.

The civilian unit includes about 12 members from office staff to process servers. Salaries range from $22,391 for process servers to $55,167 for a security director.

Commissioners are expected to approve the 2011 general fund budget at a meeting next week.

Forty-five people applied for the position of director of Mahoning County’s Job and Family services Department. Mahoning Commissioners picked Atty. Robert E. Bush Jr. to fill the seat. The candidates:

Charles E. Baldwin of Youngstown, program director of the Village Network Inc. of Akron since 2006.

James J. Bertrando of Struthers, Struthers tax commissioner since 2008.

John Michael Beshara of Boardman, captain with the Mahoning County sheriff’s office since 1989.

Karen E. Biscella of East Palestine, human resources manager at Heritage WTI, East Palestine, from May 1998 to October 2009.

Robert E. Bush Jr. of Youngstown, chief of criminal division of the Mahoning County prosecutor’s office, since 2006.

Karen A. Gran Caldwell of Lordstown, specialist at Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services since 2001.

John T. Farrell of Struthers, technical support representative at AT&T Wireless Service/West Corporation, Niles, from December 2009 to March 2010.

Frank S. Flaminio of Warren, One Stop Systems supervisor at Trumbull County Job & Family Services, since 1998.

Toni A. Fuzo of Youngstown, nursing home administrator, Essex Healthcare Corp./Atrium Living Centers, since 2002.

Cynthia E. Grier, Boardman, project director, Senior Employment Center Mature Services Inc., Warren, since 2008.

Nicholas Harvey II of Youngstown, tax preparer from January to May 2010.

Sheila Eunice Hernandez of Waterbury, Conn., family support specialist, Casey Family Services, since 2008.

Dollaine Holmes of Youngstown, family self-sufficiency specialist, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, since 2009.

David B. Ivko of Canfield, director of retail stores, Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries Inc, February 2004 to July 2010.

Bill Copeland King, Copley, Ohio, more than 10 years administrative experience in a public higher-education service environment.

Kevin Mark Kralj of Youngstown, assistant prosecuting attorney, Mahoning County prosecutor’s office, since 2001.

Alicia Lawrence of Youngstown, executive director/CEO, Ladders of Opportunities, Youngstown, since 2005.

Sean Logan of Lisbon, director of Ohio Department of Natural Resources since 2007 and Columbiana County commissioner, 2001 to 2007.

Melissa McCormick of Canfield, withdrawal specialist, Narconon Freedom Center, Albion, Mich., March to October 2010.

Darcy McKinney of New Castle, Pa., assistant administrator at Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol Commission, 1997 to May 2010.

Jennifer R. McVay of Poland, market training manager at Taco Bell Corp., Youngstown, since 2007.

Marilyn Montes of Boardman, Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, Lisbon for 1 1/2 years.

Lori A. Murphy of Canfield, performance management administrator, Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services, since 1995.

Patricia L. Murphy of Youngstown, adult career consultant, Mahoning Columbiana Training Association, 2010.

Theresa Naylor of Vienna, human resources manager at Georgia-Pacific Corp., Mogadore, Ohio, 2007 to October 2010.

Carl R. Nittoli of Poland, senior human resources manager at GE Emergency Measurement and Control Solutions, since 2009.

Lizette M. Olsen of Sharon, Pa. executive director of AWARE, Hermitage, since 2002.

Jeffrey A. Patterson of Canfield, director of fiscal operation, Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership, 1995 to October 2010.

David Polis of Poland, chief financial officer, Turning Point Counseling, Youngstown, since 2004.

E. D’Wayne Robinson of Canfield, director of cost management, FirstEnergy Corp., Akron, 1999 to 2009.

Lynn M. Robinson of Girard, program coordinator, Potential Development Inc. School for Autism & Special Needs, Youngstown, 2005 to 2010.

Denetta C. Rozenblad of Youngstown, eligibility specialist, Mahoning County JFS, since 1999.

Earl E. Runcan of Boardman, agent/registered financial consultant, since 2004.

John P. Ryan III of Boardman, field operations supervisor, U.S. Census Bureau, 2010.

Kathleen A. Salaka of Lowellville, director of volunteer services, Forum Health, Youngstown, 1984 to April 2010.

Mark Shepherd of New Wilmington, Pa., chief administrator, Vision Quest Hudmont Campus, Franklin, Pa., April to August 2010.

Debra A. Shurilla of Poland, served in several positions at Mahoning County JFS, from 1975 to 2007.

Barbara Ann Smith of Girard, executive director, Camp Fire USA Northeast Ohio Council, 1991 to 2008.

Erik A. Smith of Boardman, database information specialist, Key Bank, Canton, 2010.

Joe W. Southerland of Youngstown, comptroller, Enrichment Center Inc., Warren, since 2009.

John R. Spagnola of Poland, director of safety, P.A.M. Transportation, North Jackson, since 1993.

John D. Thomas of Kent, program director, Community Integration and Socialization program, Portage County Common Pleas Court, since 2008.

Patricia A. Vaughn-Coryea of Austintown, service coordinator, Joseph Knight Towers, Austintown, since 2005.

Sierra M. Whitman of Austintown, assistant manager, Walgreen’s, Austintown, since 2009.

Sheila A. Williams of Boardman, the Callos Cos. Youngstown, no dates listed.

Source: Mahoning County commissioners’ office

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