As Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually told county domestic relations employees that “you have one of the most important jobs in the county,” the Adams County Commissioners made August Child Support Awareness Month.

Adams County Executive Director of Domestic Relations Kelly Carothers noted the difficulties of operating their office during the pandemic. “The past 17 months have been the most challenging and critical time to assure that children and families continue to receive benefits,” she said.

Carothers said her office was committed to providing uninterrupted support and noted the countless hours and sacrifices her staff has made, sometimes working 12 hour days. “Our most important resource is our staff. Our team has over 100 years in child support, which is really remarkable. The children in this community thank you.”

“I don’t think the community really understands everything you do,” said Commissioner Jim Martin.

Judge Christina Simpson thanked each and every one of the office staff. “We have our disagreements sometimes but I’m glad we work together. You are hard working. I see it on a daily basis.”

Simpson said domestic relations law is not taught in colleges, but lawyers need to know tax, custody, divorce, accounting principles, and how to read tax returns.  “Family court never stops,” she said.

Other business

The commissioners approved an agreement with Rapid Financial Solutions, a Utah based corporation, for Juror Debit Cards and Processing.  This system will allow the County to issue payment to jurors via debit card.  The County will pay an initial load fee of $.49 per card, increasing to $.55 per card on November 1, 2021.  The term of the Agreement is (3) years, commencing September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2024.

The Commissioners approved the following motions from Sarah Finkey, Administrator, regarding Children & Youth Services:

  • Residential Lease Agreement with Brent Guise, a local landlord, for the purpose of providing additional housing for youth in the Independent Living program offered through CYS.  This Lease is effective August 1, 2021 and expires July 31, 2022.  The rent shall be $800.00 per month for a total cost of $9,600.00.
  • After review by Molly R. Mudd the following 2021-2022 Purchase of Service Agreements:  Franklin Family Services; Community Services Group; PA Child; Valley Youth House Committee, Inc.
  • Appointment of Gale Kendall to the Adams County Children & Youth Advisory Board effective September 1, 2021 for a three-year term.
  • Child Welfare System Data Sharing Agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Human Services. This Agreement establishes the terms, conditions, and security measures by which the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) will exchange certain data related to child protective services with the County through approved case management systems. The effective date of this Agreement is October 1, 2021 and expires September 30, 2022.
  • Adoption Assistance Agreement with K. & C. M. on behalf of Z.M. in the monthly subsidy amount of $790.83

Department of Emergency Services:

The commissioners approved the following recommendations from Warren Bladen, Director of the Department of Emergency Services after review by Solicitor Molly Mudd:

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Radiation Emergency Response Fund Grant Agreement C950002871 between the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Adams County. This Agreement provides for a grant award of $16,948.00, to be used for equipment and supplies, planning, and miscellaneous items necessary for the development of improved emergency response capabilities in the event of radiological accidents or incidents at Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants. The term of this agreement is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. No County match required.
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Hazardous Material Response Fund Grant Agreement C950002875 between the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Adams County. This Agreement provides for a grant award of $26,499.00, to be used for preparation of a report on the county’s hazardous material safety plan; collecting, documenting, and processing chemical inventory forms and other documents required by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA); and equipment and supplies for development of emergency planning and response capability, in accordance with the purposes, goals, and objectives of SARA and the Commonwealth’s hazardous material safety program. The term of this agreement is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. No county match is required.

Approval from the IT Department:

Recommendation by CIO Phil Walter, and after review by Solicitor Molly Mudd, that the Board of Commissioners appoint Chairman Randy L. Phiel to sign on behalf of the Board the ORACLE Termination Letter dated August 18, 2021, which letter agreement allows the County to terminate ORACLE licenses and technical support services for those licenses. The County has converted all ORACLE databases to SQL including all licensing and technical support services, which are now accounted for in the County’s current Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. 

The commissioners approved the following recommendations from Solicitor Molly R. Mudd:

  • Award the Water Tower Painting Project to Corrosion Control Corporation, a New Jersey corporation with registered offices in Pennsylvania. As the result of a duly advertised public bidding process, eight (8) proposals were received and carefully reviewed by the County and C.S. Davidson, the County’s engineering firm. Corrosion Control was determined to be the lowest responsible bidder, offering the County both the lowest cost and over 50 years of experience. The scope of the project will include surface preparation and painting of the interior and exterior of the County’s 400,000-gallon water tank located in Straban Township nearby the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex. It is anticipated that this project will be completed by late fall of 2021, with a total cost to the County of $71,175.00.
  • Authorize the advertisement of the Food Services Contract for the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex for bids to be received through the PennBID digital platform by 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
  • Program Management Agreement for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the PA Department of Agriculture.  This Agreement provides that the Commonwealth will reimburse the County with federal funds for TEFAP-eligible commodities distributed to low-income recipients at a Fixed Rate Per Pound (FRPP).  For the performance period of October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022, the FRPP will be $0.12. Thereafter, the FRPP will be determined by the PA Department of Agriculture, upon written notice to the County. The County has designated South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. (SCCAP) as the Lead Agency to administer the TEFAP program on behalf of the County.  This Agreement is effective August 25, 2021 and expires September 30, 2026.
  • Lease Agreement with the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church for the lease of fifteen (15) church parking spaces for use by County staff during the work week. This Agreement is effective August 25, 2021 and expires August 24, 2022.  Monthly rent for all 15 spaces is $525.00 ($35.00 per space), for a total annual cost of $6,300.00.

Personnel Report:  


  • Employment of Thomas “TJ” Bowers, Court Technical & Operations Analyst, effective August 16, 2021
  • Status change from Temporary Tipstaff to Tipstaff for Donna Landsperger, effective August 16, 2021
  • Status change for Christian Sweger, Law Clerk of Judge George from Part time to Fulltime, effective August 9, 2021

          Separation of Employment:

  • Court Administration – Sara Miller, Law Clerk for Judge Wagner, effective August 27, 2021.  Ms. Miller will be transferring to the District Attorney’s Office
  • Court Administration – Retirement of David Sprankle, Tipstaff, effective August 10, 2021
  • Domestic Relations – Note the end of the unpaid internship for Angela Sontheimer, effective August 12, 2021.
  • Probation Services – Note the end of the unpaid internship for Logan Goodwill, effective July 22, 2021.

Public Defender:

          Note the unpaid internship of Fredner Prevalus, effective August 27, 2021 through December 10, 2021 for two (2) days per week.

District Attorney:

  • Employment of Sara Miller, Assistant District Attorney, effective August 30, 2021
  • Employment of Tim Guise, County Detective, effective October 4, 2021

Separation of Employment with permission to post:

  • Joy Christianson, Children & Youth Caseworker 2, effective September 3, 2021
  • Sara Brensinger, Purchasing/Budget Coordinator, effective August 27, 2021
  • Wesley Davis, Corrections Officer, effective August 14, 2021
  • Samuel Johnson, Corrections Officer, effective August 14, 2021
  • Taylor Jeffrey, Corrections Officer, effective August 19, 2021
  • Kahla Kittrell, Corrections Officer, effective August 21, 2021
  • Jordan Perdue, Corrections Officer, effective August 23, 2021
  • Nicholas Slusser, Corrections Officer, effective September 2, 2021
  • Dustin Brown, Corrections Officer, effective September 12, 2021

The commissioners also approved the following at their meeting on August 11:

Customer Renewal Order Form with Eagle Wireless LLC for the PRO PLUS GPS vehicle monitoring and routing software service used in department vehicles. For seventeen months for a total cost of $1,994.78

Recommendation from District Attorney Brian Sinnett for the Commissioners to approve the STOP Violence Against Women Grant application. The federal grant is in the amount of $375,000 and does not require a county match. The money will be used to support victim services, law enforcement and prosecution by providing necessary staff salaries and expense reimbursement. Commissioners approved.

Other Approved Recommendations:

  • Children & Youth Services: Purchase of Service Agreeents
    • Diversified Treatment Alternative Center
    • Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Services, Inc
    • Youth Advocate Programs Inc.
    • Children’s Home of York
  • Children’s Home of York Children & Youth Services: Appoint Crissy Redding to the Adams County Children & Youth Advisory Board for a 3 year term starting September 1, 2021.
  • Department of Emergency Services:
    • Amendment 1.0 to the Grant Agreement SHSP Adding Schuylkill county to the South Central Pennsylvania Counter Terrorism Task Force (SCTF). Adjusts the grant award amount total to $1,718,733.19 and capping SCTF management and administration expenses to five (5%) percent of the Original Agreement grant award amount.
    • Intergovernmental agreement with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) through the Commonwealth of PA for the establishment of a radio talk group between the Department of Emergency Services and the PSP. It helps with PSP related incidents and provides situational awareness.
  • Tax Service Department: Three approved Personal Tax Exemptions and four disabled veteran tax exemptions.
  • IT Department:
    • DocStar Quality Professional Service Agreement – technical support at $100.00 an hour as needed.
    • DocStar Software Renewal – 71 DocStar user licenses and level 1 maintenance coverage $12,628.92 for one year term.
    • Epicor Amendment – changes the governing law provision to place jurisdiction and venue in the courts of PA effective one year.
    • iXsystem- FreeNAS system hardware warranty service $1,444.70 for one year.
    • Meraki Systems Manager Enterprise Device License mobile device manager software licenses $14,700.00 for one year.

Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection’s Publisher and Editor in Chief.

Jenine Weaver is a staff writer for the Connection. She grew up and currently resides in Adams County PA. She is the founder of Weaver Accounting Solutions LLC and a mom of 4 children. She enjoys being involved with the community, the school, town meetings, local fundraisers, and she is an advocate of social justice with Voices Unite in GAC.

County proclaims August as Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month