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Allen County Job and Family Services (ACJFS) administers state, federal and local programs designed to help those in need and help families work toward self-sufficiency. Today, the approximately 100 employees that work for the agency serve thousands of Allen County residents.

The department provides public assistance and workforce development programs to the community.  Among the department’s many duties include: adult protection, child care, workforce development, cash assistance, food assistance, social services, fraud/investigations and medical assistance.  Since 2018, ACJFS has been led by Agency Director Joe Patton. ACJFS is the second largest department within Allen County government and reports to the Board of Allen County Commissioners.

Our Mission

Allen County Job and Family Services, with support of regional employers, economic development and community partners, is committed to building a stronger community by promoting self-sufficiency. We are dedicated to assisting Allen County families and individuals achieve their highest level of stability and independence through career development and supportive services.

Our Vision

Like the pieces of a puzzle, every part of Allen County Job and Family Services plays a crucial role in the success of our mission and to ultimately assist in filling the workforce gap of Allen County and assist our clients to self sufficiency. No matter the division, unit or individual position, every employee is committed to the highest level of customer service to positively impact the communities we serve and ensure individuals and families find the resources needed to improve lives.



Joe Patton
Paula Siebeneck
Assistant Director
Josh Parker
Chief Fiscal Officer
Jacob Larger
Human Resources Administrator
Jessie Doyle
Job Center Administrator
Deana Basinger
Income Maintenance Administrator
Katie Metzger
Administrative Assistant

In the News

If you are a member of the media and would like to request an interview or need more information, please contact Paula Siebeneck at [email protected] or 419.999.0206.

Where we've been featured

9.2.2019 Allen County looking to make unemployment numbers event lower - Hometown Stations
9.2.2019 Local women uses new job to help others find careers - Hometown Stations
8.25.2019 Bridging the 'benefits cliff': Allen County program could help people leave public assistance - The Lima News
8.20.2019 Jobs Forecast with Owen - Hometown Stations
7.22.2019 Patton: OhioMeansJobs' mission evolving - The Lima News
7.16.2019 Need for childcare providers on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
7.15.2019 JFS: More childcare providers needed - The Lima News
7.15.2019 Allen County Job and Family Services looking to fill childcare provider positions - Hometown Stations
7.3.2019 JFS accepts workforce center contract - The Lima News
7.2.2019 Conference addition planned at new Job and Family Services facility - Hometown Stations
6.17.2019 Looking out for our Seniors - Letter to the Editor, The Lima News
6.15.2019 Record low unemployment, but not full employment - The Lima News
6.15.2019 Elder Abuse Largely Under-reported - The Lima News
5.21.2019 Elder Abuse Prevention Month (June) on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
5.9.2019 Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month (May) on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
4.9.2019 Pre-Apprenticeship Program Developed for Water/Wastewater Workforce - Hometown Stations
4.9.2019 Area Businesses Receive Safety Awards - Hometown Stations
4.4.2019 Partnerships Continues to help Kinship Families - Hometown Stations
3.25.2019 Finalists Announced for 17th Annual Chamber Gala Awards - Hometown Stations
3.19.2019 OhioMeansJobs Allen County Job Openings - Hometown Stations
3.13.2019 OhioMeansJobs speaks at LCC - Hometown Stations
1.29.2019 Employees Dress Down to Donate to American Cancer Society - Hometown Stations
1.26.2019 County PRC Update - The Lima News
1.16.2019 Local Agencies Feel Strain of Shutdown - The Lima News
1.16.2019 February Food Stamps Issued Early - Hometown Stations
1.15.2019 Helping Veteran's Find Jobs After Service - Hometown Stations
11.20.2018 New Location approved for Allen County Job & Family Services - Hometown Stations
10.30.2018 Budget Training at Allen County Job & Family Services - Hometown Stations
09.15.2018 OhioMeansJobs job coaches hope to retain Lima-area youth - The Lima News
08.30.2018 OhioMeansJobs Bringing Job Coaches to Local Schools - Hometown Stations
05.04.2018 Welfare Reform Pilot Program – The Lima News