State Rep. Supports Commissioners’ Plan

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A state representative is throwing her support behind an Athens County commissioners' plan to keep nearly 50 jobs in the area.

Representative Debbie Phillips (D-Athens) Monday sent a letter to Governor John Kasich, asking that he stop the closure of an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services office in The Plains.

County commissioners sent their own letter last week, offering unused space in the local Job and Family Services building for the employees who, otherwise, would be forced to relocate or commute to Columbus under the office closure plan.

"Adding a four hour daily commute, with the added costs of rising gas prices and vehicle maintenance, in addition time spent away from their families, would place a tremendous burden on these public servants," wrote Phillips in her letter.

The closure of The Plains' Payment Analysis and Account Reconciliation Office is part of a statewide effort to consolidate ODJFS offices to cut costs.