The dominant issue in the county for much of 1989 was the county's experimental integrated human services delivery system, which meant a single caseworker would be assigned to help with all of a person's problems instead of a different caseworker for each problem area. The county has received several critical inspections on children and youth services during the program's existence. The programs ran up a $1.5 million deficit this year, part of the reason for the county's 4.9-mill tax hike.
Demis Stewart, the architect of the experimental system, said last week she would not seek reappointment as human services director and did not want the job any longer. Reports indicated incoming County Executive Gerald Seyfried did not have the necessary votes on County Council to confirm Stewart even if she was nominated. Seyfried also reportedly decided not to keep Stewart.