Norwalk DCF Office Closing Sometime in Second-half of 2011
NORWALK by STEVE KOBAK Hour Staff Writer
Will merge with the Bridgeport office
The state Department of Children and Families disclosed Thursday that the Norwalk DCF office will merge with the Bridgeport office in 2011, leaving the future of the agency's operations in the city in flux.
Gary Kleblatt, a spokesman for the DCF, said Norwalk DCF employees will not lose their jobs when the office closes sometime in the second-half of 2011, and the DCF is still weighing a variety of ways to retain its level of service in the area.
"The vast majority of reports are not emergency calls, and we are considering out-posting staff to the Norwalk Police Department and schools," Kleblatt said in an e-mail to The Hour.
The DCF experienced budget cuts of nearly $9 million in the state budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Kleblatt said the move will save the state approximately $500,000 per year.
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