HCJFS is the largest department within Hamilton County government and reports to the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners.
The Hamilton County Job and Family Services Planning Committee serves as an advisory body to the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners with regard to the full continuum of family, employment and social services which are locally developed to meet local needs and state and federal law.
Interim Director: Tim McCartney
McCartney joined the leadership team in 2010. He had served as director of the Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services for about seven years. McCartney worked at Hamilton County JFS, 1990-2002, advancing from Income Maintenance technician to a member of the executive team. He was named a Hamilton County Employee of the Year in 1999.
Assistant Director – Child Support, Building Services, Fatherhood Initiatives: Michael Patton
Patton joined the leadership team in 2016. He joined JFS in 1993 and held several leadership positions in Child Support, Family and Adult Assistance and Children’s Services Program Support. Most recently he was the Child Support section chief. Patton is connected to many fatherhood initiatives in the community. Patton is a 1993 graduate of the University of Cincinnati.
Assistant Director – Children’s Services: Margie Weaver
Weaver joined the executive team in 2017 after 13 years with the agency. She has worked as a Section Chief extensively in Utilization Management and more recently in Intake. Before joining HCJFS, Weaver worked as a program director and clinical director at two local foster care agencies. She brings an additional focus on child safety to Children’s Services. She holds a Master’s Degree from Xavier University.
Assistant Director – Strategic Operations Support: Amy Story
Story joined the agency in 1990 and has served in a series of leadership positions in Quality Assurance, Children’s Services Program Support and Child Care. She is a graduate of Wilmington College and has a master’s in Business Administration from Thomas More College. She has previously played key roles in the adaption of state technology systems here in Hamilton County, most recently in Child Care. She has great knowledge of our program areas and is quite familiar with many of the IT programs we employ.
Interim Assistant Director – Client Services: Kevin Brewer
Brewer started with JFS in 1991 as a clerical support specialist in Warren County and later worked as an Eligibility Technician and IM Supervisor before taking a position in Quality Assurance with JFS in Hamilton County. He has worked as a Quality Assurance Monitor, Lead Team Leader over the SNAP QA Program representing Hamilton County in the Mid-West region, Section Chief in Children Services, FAA Section Chief and currently, Interim Chief Operating Officer.
Customer Complaint Resolution Administrator: Talia Bryan
Bryan joined the leadership team in 2018. Before joining HCJFS, Bryan worked as a Hamilton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, representing HCJFS in child abuse, neglect and dependency matters before the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. She has also served as an Assistant General Counsel to the University of Cincinnati. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School.
Chief Communications Officer: Jim Tinker
Tinker joined the agency and the leadership team in 2020. Before joining HCJFS, Tinker spent a decade leading communications and marketing for Hoxworth Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His career has included communications, marketing and management roles with nonprofits as well being a senior account executive with an advertising agency. Tinker began his career leading economic development and historic preservation efforts.