Child support agency meets state benchmarks

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Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Promoting August as Child Support Awareness Month are: (front row, from left) Chrissy Boyd, administrator of Madison County’s Child Support Enforcement Agency, and staffers Billie Sue Miller and Valene Rudd; (second row) Lori Dodge-Dorsey, Job and Family Services director; child support staffers Rhoni Newman and Christi Payton; (back row) Tony Xenikis and Mark Forrest, Madison County commissioners; Rob Slane, county administrator; and David Hunter, county commissioner.

(Posted Aug. 8, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County commissioners declared August as Child Support Awareness Month, signing a proclamation on Aug. 6.

Madison County’s Child Support Enforcement Agency handles 1,800 cases and last year collected approximately $4 million in child support payments. Collections are up $98,000 over where they were this time last year, according to Chrissy Boyd, agency administrator.

Boyd noted that her staff has received recognition on the state level twice this year for meeting or exceeding benchmarks related to collections and service to clients.

This year’s Child Support Awareness Month theme is “Support is Key.” For more information about local services, call (740) 852-6045 or 1-800-852-0243.

In other business, the commissioners approved the appointment of Frances Nicol to the executive committee of Madison County’s Family & Children First Council. Nicol has served as the county’s 4-H Extension educator since February of this year. She holds a degree in agri-science education from The Ohio State University. While in college, she served as a 4-H program assistant in Union County and as an OSU Extension program assistant for 4-H camping and older youth.

“We wanted a voice on the board who represented child-serving programs, and I think Frances will do a great job,” said Jenn Coleman, Family Council executive director.

Family Council’s purpose is to streamline and coordinate existing government services for families seeking services for their children. The agency’s executive committee and full board each meet 10 times per year. Nicol is the 15th member of the executive committee.

The commissioners also held a bid opening for the annual pavement striping project coordinated by the County Engineer’s Office. County Engineer Bryan Dhume estimated the cost to be $104,169. The three bids received ranged from $95,946 to $100,508. Dhume said he would review the bids and present the commissioners with his recommendation at their next meeting on Aug. 13.

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