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LIMA — Allen County Commissioner Jay Begg said Wednesday allegations made last week against the Allen County Job and Family Services director were personnel related, not criminal.

“There were no financial issues or any criminal issues at all. I can say that. There was nothing in that matter. It was more procedural and personnel issues,” Begg said, following a weekly commissioners meeting.

Lynn Shock was placed on paid administrative leave April 11 following an emergency meeting. Shock requested retirement Friday. It was approved at the commissioners meeting Wednesday.

Begg said the commissioners will be conducting a review of the agency as a whole but likely won’t pursue the allegations against Shock. Those allegations were made by another county employee.

“We are fairly certain that this investigation is closed because the culmination of the investigation could’ve led to discipline or termination," Begg said. "And with the retirement, there’s nothing really to pursue."

Lima City Councilman Derry Glenn said Tuesday he believes the commissioners should continue their investigation of Shock and deem whether it should affect her retirement benefits. Glenn said he received phone calls from former county employees who had concerns.

“The public does not know what happened here," Glenn said. "That’s not right that we allowed her to retire out. We don’t know what really went on."

Steve Barker, a human resources administrator with the agency, was named interim director of Allen County Job and Family Services.

Shock first became the director of Job and Family Services in 1992. She retired and was rehired in 2008. She could not be reached for comment.

Shock’s personnel file remained unavailable Wednesday; a request had been made to review it Friday afternoon. The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office has been working to redact confidential information on the file, which Allen County Administrator Becky Saine said was about an inch thick.

A new chief financial officer also was appointed to Job and Family Services at the commissioners meeting, which Begg said was unrelated to the Shock case. John Folk’s employment originally was going to be approved at last week’s commissioners meeting. Folk is replacing an employee who found a job elsewhere.

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