Athens County Commissioners Offer Free Office Space To Save Jobs

Atish Baidya

Updated Thu, Jan 24, 2013 2:00 pm

The Athens County Commission has offered free office space to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in an effort to keep 47 jobs in Athens County.

In a letter to Gov. John Kasich, commissioners offered the space to house staff from the Payment Analysis and Account Reconciliation Office and urged Kasich to reconsider a plan to move the office.

“The move will be extremely detrimental to the employees and their families affected by this action,” the commissioners wrote. “They are hard-working public servants who deserve better treatment.”

Earlier in January, ODJFS announced it would be relocated the office from The Plains to Columbus. The move would save the agency about $2 million a year but would mean employees would either have to commute or relocate to Columbus.

The consolidation of the PAAR office is part of a larger consolidation project will impact 573 employees across the state and is set to begin this spring.