Commissioners replace two long-time CSB trusteesWritten by Emily Gibb | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucas County Commissioners voted to replace two Children Services Board trustees who were seeking re-appointment.
In a meeting on March 22, Commissioners Tina Skeldon Wozniak, Carol Contrada and Pete Gerken appointed county employees Eric Walker, director of workforce development, and Bridgette Kabat, chief of staff for county commissioners. Those who were seeking re-appointment were long-time board members Jeff Zivinski and Diana “Dee” Talmadge.
“It was no discredit to their service or attendance, but so often on boards you need a different look at the operations,” Gerken said.
He said they felt that Kabat’s understanding of finances and funding options within the county and Walker’s knowledge of federal and state law, as well as youth issues, would provide a good fit within Children Services.
“The county has gone through quite a lot of changes with downsizing. [Kabat] will be a helpful asset in making changes in these tough economic times,” Wozniak said.
Since Children Services receives funding from the county, Gerken said, it makes sense to collaborate services, especially at a time when they are being told by “everybody from the governor down” that they need to share resources.
“Jeff Zivinski and Dee Talmadge have been long standing members of our board. We appreciate their commitment and service to Lucas County Children Services. We understand that the commissioners make the appointments to our board and we will work with Eric and Bridgette in the months and years to come,” CSB Executive Director Dean Sparks said.
Zivinski and Talmadge could not be reached for comment.
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