County seeks review panel applicants |

County seeks review panel applicants

No one has applied for committee for child welfare

Joshua Roberts

A request by Moffat County commissioners for residents to apply for a Department of Social Services oversight panel has fallen on deaf ears.

According to Erin Miller, assistant to the three-member board, no one has applied for three appointed positions for the Citizen’s Review Panel for Child Welfare.

Two people have picked up applications, Miller said.

The panel will listen to public complaints regarding the actions of child welfare employees, evaluate the complaints, seek resolutions and advise county commissioners on Social Services’ department and staff.

The panel will meet as needed, Miller said.

Prospective panel members must meet certain qualifications for consideration. They include: being representative of the community and having demonstrable personal or professional knowledge and experience with children. Candidates cannot be employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services or any county Department of Social Services.

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At least one panel member must be a parent of a minor child, Miller said.

The review panel has been in place for several years, Miller said. However, none of the members from the previous panel — who served for several years — is returning, thus creating the need for all new appointees, she said.

Two members moved away, and a third declined re-appointment.

There is no definitive timeline for when the board will be put into place. Miller estimated mid- to late July, but much depends on how many people apply for the positions.

Miller said county commissioners generally don’t allow for a lot of “lag time” between the application and selection process.

The deadline for applying to the panel is July 3. Those interested may obtain information and an application from the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 Victory Way.

For more information, call Miller at 824-5517.

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