For Immediate Release
October 23, 1978 For More Information, contact:
Sallie Harrison, President, Alachua
County Women's Political Caucus
In February 1978 the Alachua County Women's Political
Caucus nominated Jan Hahn, Director of the Comprehensive Employment
Training Program/of Alachua County, for the Gainesville Sun's
Community Service Award. Shortly thereafter, we learned that she
had also received nominations for the same award from a local
psychologist and from a former city commission candidate. While
the Caucus had applauded her efforts as a private citizen to further
women's rights, and the rights-of blacks, we noted that especially
since Ms. Hahn had assumed the directorship of CETA, she had
aided the poor, the elderly and the handicapped people of this county
as well. She developed the Youth Incentive Entitlement Project
(YIEP), one of 10 such programs nationwide to help teenagers find
jobs and stay in school. Under her direction, CETA received national
recognition from Retired Senior Volunteers Program, also.
Today, Jan Hahn has been fired. The Caucus wants to know
As long ago as August 1977, the Florida Conservative
Union wrote Congressman Don Fuqua suggesting that Ms. Hahn's
future as a county employee be seriously looked at since a local
women's group had received federal funds after the CETA Citizen's
Advisory Council recommended that the project be funded.
Ms. Hahn had previously been a member of that group.
Around this time county commissioners Shellie Downs
and Perry McGriff began meeting privately and publicly with a local
ultra-conservative group called Women for Responsible Legislation
or Stop ERA.
In November 1977, County Commission Chairman Perry McGriff
publicly stated that Ms. Hahn had personally voted to fund the Women
Unlimited project, and publicly admonished her for this misuse
of influence. It was widely known at that time that the Director
of CETA did not ever ha a vote in funding projects sponsored by
the CETA program.
So why were false charges made deliberately and publicly?
The Caucus finds it hard to assume that the Chairman of the Com-
mission did not know the job responsibilities -- and limitations --
of the Director of a county program.
At this time Chairman McGriff and Commissioner Downs continued
to meet with the Stop ERA group which was writing the Department
of Labor asking for Jan Hahn's removal.
In September 1978, at a meeting in Sarasota for CETA
directors, Labor Department officials, and officials of counties
participating in CETA projects, Alachua County Commissioner Ed
Turlington praised the local CETA program as "one of the best in the
state, if not the nation," and credited Ms. Hahn for this accom-
Today Ms. Hahn is out of a job. The Alachua County Women's
Political Caucus wants to know "Why?"