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Clearfield County CYS struggles with staffing shortage, County Commissioners try to help


CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County’s Department of Children and Youth Services is struggling with a staffing shortage, and the county commissioners are hoping that a pay rate increase will help solve the problem.

At this week’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting, a starting pay rate increase from $15 to $18 per hour was approved.

Current staffing levels at the Clearfield County CYS is only at 50 percent, which makes the department short of eight caseworkers while the number of active cases continues to rise.

Commissioner Mary Tatum said Clearfield County’s pay rate needed to become competitive with surrounding counties like Jefferson and Elk.

Tatum noted, “Something had to be done. At the end of the day it’s about our kids—supporting and protecting our kids.”

In addition to the starting pay adjustments, the newly approved agreement extends the county’s contract with its CYS caseworkers through 2027.