County commission refuses to lift hiring freeze for Juvenile Court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

County commission refuses to lift hiring freeze for Juvenile Court

A Shelby County Commission committee gave the Juvenile Court clerk the "thumbs down" on an appeal to lift a job freeze.

The Juvenile Court clerk said he needs to hire seven employees to catch up with the mounting workload.

But Wednesday, the Shelby County committee said "no go."

The budget crisis already took a bite out of the clerk's staffing situation, now clerk Steve Stamson's worried about meeting state deadlines.

The office has 30 days to process certain complaints or face penalties.

Stamson told the commission that workers are accumulating overtime just to keep up.

He had hoped he could convince commissioners to lift the job freeze.

"What we do is for the families of this county. Everything that the Child Support Bureau does and the clerk's office is food on the table and shoes on the feet of these children of Shelby County. So if they can live with it, that's fine with me," Juvenile Court Clerk Steve Stamson said.

Stamson worries the current staffing crunch will put a heavy burden on the detention center's population and drain resources for food, clothing and supplies.

Stamson said he will have to make do with his current staff and commissioners said the budget crisis will get worse before it gets better.

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