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DSS seeks grant to hire interns


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Monday, February 18, 2019

Pitt County Social Services is seeking approval from the Board of Commissioners to pursue a grant that would pay interns to work in the agency’s child welfare division.

The board is scheduled to consider the request at its meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. today.

The $81,000 grant from the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service would require a $25,579 local match, according to a memorandum to the board. The money is available in the current county and DSS budget.

DSS is seeking between four to five interns currently attending East Carolina University School of Social Work. Two full-time social workers would supervise them while they work with victims of criminal abuse, neglect and abandonment.

The memorandum said the grant would be accepted only if another grant application of $608,423 over a two-year period is approved by the Governor’s Crime Commission.

The two grants would help fund the interns' equipment and in-state travel expenses, provide them with small living allowances, and give them access to federal education awards that could be used for tuition and the repayment of student loans.

Also on Monday’s agenda:

■ The board will consider awarding a contract to a third-party to administer the county’s workers’ compensation program. The county has self-funded its workers’ compensation program since 2002 and has been with its current administrator since 2007.

■ County Manager Scott Elliott is scheduled to report on the recruitment of a new emergency management director. Current director Allen Everette is retiring after 30 years in the field. The board also is scheduled to present him with a resolution of appreciation at Monday’s meeting.

The board also is scheduled to recognize outgoing Commissioner Glen Webb, who is attending his last meeting on Monday. Webb announced late last year that would resign from the Board of Commissioners because he accepted a job in Pinehurst and is moving from the county.

Elliott also is scheduled to discuss the steps for securing a new commissioner for District 6, which Webb represents.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.