Scotland County DSS board to take action following review

By: By Beth Lawrence -

LAURINBURG –The board that oversees the Scotland County Department of Social Services said they have decided what to do following recent departmental review, but are not ready to announce what that decision will be.

The five-member panel met privately Monday morning for about two and a half hours before telling The Laurinburg Exchange that an announcement could come by Wednesday.

The Social Services Board asked for a review of the department in February following “numerous complaints” by DSS employees over the course of a year and a half and a high turnover rate.

Drake Maynard of DM HR Services was contracted to conduct the review, and employees were sent a letter in February asking them to cooperate with Maynard.

Maynard presented his findings to the board on Friday in an “extensive report” that cost the county about $18,000, according to county officials.

Maynard is based in Chapel Hill and his company provides human resources consulting services to public employers in the areas of policy development and administration, employee relations, training and coaching for supervisors and managers.

The board on Friday suggested that it might announce what steps would be taken to improve morale on Monday.

“We want to speak to [Director] April Snead and then the employees about our plans before we make any public statement,” said board member Guy McCook.

McCook said a public statement would likely be issued on Wednesday.

An anonymous letter sent to The Exchange blamed Snead for many of the department’s problems. Snead has been head of DSS for two years and employed by the department for 14 years.

Services provided by the local DSS include child care services, child support enforcement services, food and nutrition services and job programs.

The Scotland Department, located at 1405 West Boulevard in Laurinburg, employs around 100 people.

By Beth Lawrence

Reach Beth Lawrence 910-506-3169

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