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LIMA — A member of the Allen County Family and Children First Council has been hired as the new coordinator for the agency.

Jennie Horner, 40, of Wapakoneta, will begin working alongside longtime coordinator Mary Early on May 1. Early plans to retire at the end of May.

“Mary’s shoes are going to be extremely huge to fill,” Horner said. “I’m excited to learn from Mary in that month. That opportunity to be able to learn from her and for her to be able to mentor me will be very valuable.”

Early has been coordinator for the agency for the past decade. She announced her retirement in February.

“I’m really looking forward to collaborating with all the agencies and working for the kids and families of the community,” Horner said.

The Allen County Commissioners approved her employment in their weekly meeting Wednesday morning.

The Family and Children First Council is a state-implemented program. Its work includes fostering child abuse prevention, assisting pregnant teens and helping children succeed in school.

Horner has worked in Allen County at various agencies for the past 15 years, including the Brain Injury Association of Ohio, Lima City Schools, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She has also has been a member of the Family and Children First Council. She and her husband, Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner, have two daughters.

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