SW Ohio county leads in child support efforts

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The state says Butler County in southwest Ohio does the best job among big counties on child-support enforcement efforts.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/IS71i0 ) reports that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services ranks Butler tops in overall performance. In the last year, Butler's child support enforcement agency collected nearly $60 million, on 68 percent of past-due support payments.

Agency executive director Ray Pater says staffers have learned to make best use of technology, training and efficiently dividing workloads to keep cases moving.

And when all else fails, the agency turns cases over to the prosecutor's office. Pater says the agency is aggressive in cases of people who have the ability to pay, but won't be responsible.

Butler led the state in number of deadbeat parents jailed, with 45.