LIMA — The longtime Allen County Department of Job and Family Services director announced her retirement Friday, the day after Allen County Commissioners placed her on paid administrative leave.
Lynn Shock was put on administrative leave stemming from allegations made by another public employee. Commissioner Jay Begg would not disclose what the allegations were.
Steve Barker, who has been the human resources administrator with the department, was named interim director.
“I think I have big shoes to fill,” Barker said. “It’s hard to replace anyone filling in for (Shock). Replacing her will not be easy.”
According to Allen County Administrator Becky Saine, Shock’s personnel file is about an inch thick, and the prosecutor’s office may take a few days to redact all confidential information listed.
Begg said the commissioners will be investigating the claim and conducting a review of the agency. The resolution of her retirement and Barker’s new position will officially be announced Wednesday at the commissioners meeting.
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.