Steve F. Taylor
Press Release

One Word for Department on Aging: “Instability”

Supervisor Taylor Criticizes Turnover at Department

By - Feb 11th, 2016 10:24 am

Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve F. Taylor today said that “instability” has become the operative word at the Department on Aging since the 2015 retirement of Director Stephanie Sue Stein.

Taylor, a member of the Commission on Aging, was critical after it was announced that Randal Kohl, Program Coordinator – Community Programs, and Lisamarie Arnold, Outreach Program Coordinator, left the department to accept positions in the private sector.

“We’ve had nothing but uncertainty in the department since the middle of last year,” Taylor said, whose resolution to make Interim Director Jonette Arms the permanent director of the department was recently approved by the County Board. Taylor’s resolution, which he co-authored with Sup. Peggy Romo West, also called for the agency to remain independent and not a part of the Department on Health and Human Services.

“The director position has been vacant since June, and now two key staffers have left the department,” Taylor said. “The Department on Aging provides much-needed and well-deserved services to our seniors. I was concerned that the uncertainty of having an interim director would have an adverse effect on the services provided to our seniors. But with staff resignations we have gone from uncertainty to instability.

“I once again call on the administration of County Executive Chris Abele to hire Arms permanently so that she can begin to replace staff and restore stability to the department. Our seniors deserve better than to have a department that cannot serve them adequately because of staff turnover. The administration needs to hire Jonette Arms permanently so that she can begin the work of restoring the department to full capacity and provide our seniors with the services they need.”

Recent Press Releases by Steve F. Taylor

Supervisor Taylor Congratulates Speaker Ryan for his Leadership

Shares Ryan's Concerns about Divisions Wrought by Identity Politics

County Board Approves Land Swap Between Milwaukee County and Private Developer

"The land swap between Milwaukee County and Capstone Quadrangle is a win-win for everybody involved."

Supervisor Taylor Thanks County Board for Adoption of Amendment to Restore $200,000 for Senior Center Operations

"I support Milwaukee County tightening its belt, but not at the expense of our seniors."

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us