Board of Children Services Stonewalling on Candidates

Rhonda Reagh's retirement brings about interviews with unknown individuals

In November 2009, in a Newsletter sent by the Greene County Children Services, Director Rhonda Reagh announced her retirement saying "This is my last, official column in the Children’s Herald as my retirement date draws near. We have so many things to be proud of over the last twelve years, but perhaps one of the most exceptional is the progress the agency, and community, has made in improving our rate of finalized adoptions."

Since that time, the Board of Directors has been searching for a replacement director and various interviews have been carried out, but until now no details have been made public about the individuals interviewing for the job.

In what appears to be a stonewalling effort after several conversations with Greene County Children Services staff from Public Relations and Human Resources, we were either denied requests regarding the identity of potential candidates for the position, or our inquiries were directed to the Greene County Administrator's office; as of this time, Howard Poston, Greene County Administrator had not yet responded to our inquiries and requests for a list of candidates; e-mail received from the Greene County's clerk office directed us back to the Children Services Board of Directors.

Our search for this information has been so evidently thwarted that we were forced to resort to a public documents request filed with Greene County Children services, just in order to obtain the names of the tentative candidates for the position. 

E-mail sent to Alice Maddox, the Interim Executive Director and to Board chairwoman Candy Prystaloski also received no responses.

Greene County Children Services received attention from local Greene County residents after a local homeschooling family was targeted last year by an investigation which was seemingly aimed at the religious upbringing of the children.  Assistant Prosecutor Alice DeWine, daughter of former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine pursued the case despite an apparent lack of evidence and refused to provide the public with the evidence supporting allegations against the family.  

The investigation led to the case being dismissed.

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