CSB to Merge

Mahoning County Children Services CSB

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Officials with Mahoning County’s Job and Family Services and Children Services met Thursday with commissioners to discuss the agency’s impending merger.

County commissioners voted to merge CSB under JFS’s umbrella on Wednesday. Commissioner Carol Rimedio Righetti said the move will save money by sharing administrative costs.

Righetti said CSB clients and children will see no change because of the consolidation.

The officials met in an executive session at the commissioner’s weekly meeting on Thursday to discuss different strategies to implement the merger.

“This is not the board of commissioners trying to take over the agency. That’s not what this is about,” Righetti said. “It’s about shared services. This is about trying to combine different positions through attrition.”

Righetti said both CSB and JFS would have their own executive directors, but other administrative position would combine.

Righetti said they are still in the planning phase.

Four members of CSB attended the Thursday meeting, so commissioners plan to call another meeting with the entire department to discuss other options.

No one from CSB wanted to comment.

“Sitting with the board today, I can tell you it was a very good meeting,” Righetti said. “It was very informative to the three commissioners.”

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