Franklin County Children Services is an agency of county government, with an appointed Board and with funding sources outside of the county’s general fund. However, the agency is responsible and responsive to the Franklin County Commissioners in a number of ways. The Commissioners approve the agency’s operating budget each year, have the final authority on labor contracts and lease and building agreements, and set guidelines for county operations that the agency must follow. In addition, Franklin County Children Services authorizes spending and pays bills by following the requirements of the County Auditor’s office, and consults with the County Prosecutor’s office, when needed, which is the legal representative for the agency.
The Franklin County Children Services Board provides leadership, experience, commitment and expertise to assure that the agency is financially responsible and programmatically effective. The Board establishes policy, hires the executive director, who is responsible for agency operations, and approves contracts and agreements as required by law. The Board meets on the last Thursday of each month at noon in the board room at 855 W. Mound St. Board meetings are open to the public, and procedures are in place for citizens who want to address the Board.
The 11-member volunteer Board governs Franklin County Children Services. Ten members are appointed by the Franklin County Commissioners and one serves by statute as chair of the agency’s Citizens Advisory Committee.
Necol Rusell-Washington, Chair | NRW Law Office
Joy Soll, Vice Chair | Public Relations Professional
Maggie Lewis, Secretary | Educator/Consultant
Rev. Michael Bean | Retired Pastor
Douglas C. Moore | Retired
Tammy Wharton | Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland
Tiany Hunt | Nationwide Insurance
Elon Simms | City of Columbus
Elizabeth Martinez | Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
The Citizens Advisory Committee is comprised of volunteers representing diverse backgrounds within our community. All members are reviewed by application and then appointed by the Children Services Board. They are a caring group devoted to giving children connected to Children Services additional enrichment, recreation and educational opportunities. A key focus is granting requests from children in agency care for special opportunities that may not be traditionally covered by agency funds. The FCCS Citizens Advisory Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month.