Future of local DHS office up in the air

The retirement of Nancy Kline after a 22 year career in Cimarron County's Department of Human Services office, has raised questions about how many days it will open in the future.

The office, among other things, dispenses food stamps, emergency help on utilities, child protection, nursing home assistance and aid to regain employment.

“The position has been posted,” said Marie Holston, of Guymon's Texas County DHS office.

Holston explained that the office would for now, be covered on Tuesday and Thursday using either of two individuals from the Guymon office. (One of those individuals, Chris Williams lives in Cimarron County.)

Holston, when asked if the office would once more be opened five days a week, explained that the decision would be made at the state level.

“To keep Mrs. Kline busy she had been taking files from Texas County,” Holston added.

“It's about a population shift and an aging population,” Holston added.

Kenneth Maness, Chairman of the Cimarron County Commissioners said that he felt “...we didn't need to lose any more services than we can possibly help.”

Maness continued that he had contacted by letter State Senator Owen Laughlin and Representative Gus Blackwell conveying to them the Commission's concerns.

Attempts by the Boise City News to contact Laughlin and Blackwell were unsuccessful.

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