By AMY GAREIS    News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – Two positions have been displaced at the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services and there is uncertainty of whether any more will be affected.

Following a brief executive session with county commissioners last Wednesday, DJFS Director Scott Blackburn announced that an Investigator II and Clerical Specialist I post were laid off amid ongoing budget woes.

Contract negotiations are continuing with union workers since their last pact expired Sept. 30. The department now has 22 workers and was reduced from 34 last year because of budgetary matters. Blackburn said he was still reviewing figures from the state and federal levels but said it was around 14 percent, which was much lower than the 40-percent cut the agency received last year.

Blackburn is pictured left above, as he addresses Commissioners Barbara Pincola and Bill Host, right.