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Cleveland man to lead Clark jobs agency

County department lost its top two leaders in summer after controversial contract.

A Cleveland man has been named the new director of the department of Job and Family Services of Clark County.

David Dombrosky, deputy director of the Cuyahoga Department of Children and Family Services, was selected to replace Robert Suver, who retired from the position July 12, weeks after he was accused of “acts of insubordination” and placed on administrative leave.

Dombrosky, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, is expected to start Nov. 18.

Clark County Administrator Nathan Kennedy said Dombrosky has more than 20 years of experience working as an executive in Cuyahoga County departments.

He also said Dombrosky was the best candidate among about 15 who applied for the position.

“He’ll bring to Clark County a breadth of knowledge from Cuyahoga County, and having that experience will be beneficial for us,” Kennedy said.

Job and Family Services of Clark County has more than 200 employees and an annual budget of $36 million.

Dombrosky comes to the job after a summer in which Suver abruptly retired and Kerry Pedraza, the former DJFS assistant director, left her position withe the department to become executive director of the United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties.

The departures came after Suver and Kennedy clashed over allegations of insubordination and problems with a youth jobs program.

The clash led to an investigation into the handling of the request for proposal, called an RFP, for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Summer Youth Employment Program.

After the RFP, the Board of Clark County Commissioners awarded an approximately $565,000 contract to Opportunities for Individual Change of Clark County on June 11. Suver and DJFS officials wanted to split the contract between OIC and Inside Out to allow youths more choices.

Inside Out began its program before the contract had been approved by commissioners, and the county asked them to stop immediately because they lacked the required insurance at the time.

After the departures of Suver and Pedraza, Kennedy said the investigation into the RFP process had holes in it because officials were never able to speak with Suver, who retired before investigators talked with him.

In a memo on June 30, Suver called the situation “a strange and upsetting turn of events.”

He had said he was disappointed with the way his time ended at DJFS.

Suver, who had received state and national recognition for his work in Clark County, didn’t plan to retire for another two to four years.

Virginia Martycz has been serving as acting director.

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