217.42  County clusters--offices.

1.  The organizational structure to deliver the department's field services shall be based upon county clusters. A county cluster shall consist of a single county, or a group of counties which have joined together to serve as a basis for providing field services to persons residing in the county or counties comprising the cluster. The clusters shall be those designated by the department effective March 1, 1992. If it is necessary for the department to significantly modify its field operations or the composition of a designated county cluster, the department shall consult with the affected counties prior to implementing such action. A county may join a different cluster if it is mutually agreeable with the department and it occurs at the beginning of a fiscal year. The county boards of supervisors in a cluster shall advise the department on the selection of the area administrator responsible for the county cluster.

2.  The department shall maintain an office in each county. Based on the annual appropriations for field operations, the department shall strive to maintain a full-time presence in each county. If it is not possible to maintain a full-time presence in each county, the department shall provide staff based on its caseweight system to assure the provision of services. The department shall consult with the county boards of supervisors of those counties regarding staffing prior to any modification of office hours.

3.  A county or group of counties may voluntarily enter into a chapter 28E agreement with the department to provide funding or staff persons to deliver field services in county cluster and county offices. The agreement shall cover the full fiscal year but may be revised by mutual consent.

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  92 Acts, ch 1079, § 1

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