Burns hails relocation of 50 jobs to 72nd Legislative District

EBENSBURG, March 1 – Saying the move reflects well on the ability and stability of the Cambria County workforce, state Rep. Frank Burns today hailed the state-approved relocation of 50 administrative human services jobs to the Hiram G. Andrews Center from Dauphin County.    

Burns, who helped lobby to obtain the jobs, said the Dauphin County Assistance Office has had trouble keeping the customer service positions filled, battling a nearly 100-percent annual employee turnover. Even though the 50 employees will still report to the Dauphin County assistance office executive director, Burns said his home county will benefit from the addition of good-paying jobs.

"I am pleased to have started months ago working with the state Department of Human Services, a major funding source for county assistance office operations, in finding a solution to this problem," said Burns, D-Cambria. "It’s a perfect fit: they were looking to stabilize staffing and improve customer service, and we were looking to stabilize our economy and improve our jobs situation."

Burns said the Hiram G. Andrews Center, located in Lower Yoder Township in his 72nd Legislative District, will put to use state-owned space available through the Department of Labor and Industry that was not being used, which is a good deal for taxpayers.

  "Whenever we can add reliable jobs to the local economy, we create opportunities for Cambria County residents," Burns said. "The fact that these jobs are being added to the 72nd Legislative District is an added bonus."