Thursday, October 18, 2001

County unit hires director

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A national search for a director of Hamilton County's Department of Job and Family Services found that person in the county's backyard.

        Suzanne Burke, who started working for Hamilton County in 1988 and has been the county's budget director since 1995, will assume the top post of the county's largest department Jan. 1. The position pays $127,000 per year.

        Hamilton County Commissioner Tom Neyer Jr. said Ms. Burke has done such a good job and is so popular at the county that she “ought to run for pope.”

        The department is responsible for child support enforcement, services to people on welfare and protecting children and seniors.

        The department allowed millions in service contracts to expire last summer because state funding cuts have left its budget more than $30 million in the red.


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