Clocking out: Barney Metz retires after 28 years on the job

Nov 26, 2008 Full story: Belleville News 14

C. Barney Metz will hang up his file stamp after 28 years as the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk.

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About time

Waterloo, IL

#1 Nov 26, 2008
Thank God, now maybe i'll stop getting letters from him about how I owe child support, even though my child is 30. What's going to happen to all his familes jobs they got freeloading off the taxpayers.
Hey About Time

United States

#2 Nov 26, 2008
You are obviously a failure at life!
DUPO FAN

Waterloo, IL

#3 Nov 26, 2008
PAY YOUR CHILD SUPPORT AND YOU WONT GET LETTERS, WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE METZ THAN NOBODYS, HE HAS DONE ALOT OF FAVORS FOR PEOPLE IN TOWN. HE HAS BEEN A MODEL FOR ALOT OF PEOPLE. WE MISS HIM.
Good Man

Waterloo, IL

#4 Nov 26, 2008
Never heard anything but good things about him, and yes he helped me get the child support until the dad decided he was not going to work no more...So enjoy your retirement Barney Metz. Well deserved..
really

Millstadt, IL

#5 Nov 27, 2008
About time wrote:
Thank God, now maybe i'll stop getting letters from him about how I owe child support, even though my child is 30. What's going to happen to all his familes jobs they got freeloading off the taxpayers.
ALL HIS FAMILIES JOBS!!! 1 daughter in 28 years. I don't think is abusing his posistion!!! Pay your support and get a life!!
threethirteen

Saint Charles, MO

#7 Nov 27, 2008
618, your one one of the very few Dads that do this willingly. My baby daddy ONLY pays faithfully during the summer months cuz its taken out of his pay. Unemployment during the winter months means no child support for my kid at all. The important months being Christmas. I used to get his Income Tax return till he decided to pay his own taxes at the end of the year just so that check couldn't go towards back child support.On top of all of it he lives in EC & is one of those families known for being a big & close family.Hes never asked to meet his daughter.
The Child support system has helped me figure out new places of his employment, so i could keep receiving & they have also tried to figure out his place of banking so they could take it from his account.Pretty dumb on his part cuz he'll pay way past her legal age cuz he doesn't want to do this the easy way.
lesson learned

Millstadt, IL

#8 Nov 27, 2008
thegreat618 wrote:
even if you pay your child support they still send you letters saying that you are behind and they are taking even more money for interest.
picture this, a father picks up his child from daycare after working a long 60-70 hour week. 20% of his pay is deducted from every check for child support. the father is so happy to see his child. been looking forward to it all week. the father and child get home and they are ready to spend quality needed time together. better check the mail, whats this.. a letter saying that his child support is being raised because he is behind and they are charging him interest. WOW, isnt that a wonderful way to start the quality time with his child.
every man who has a child and is separated from the mother has to work and pay 20% of his paycheck per child. there is nothing given to him in return! no reciept! no prrof that the money is going towards the child! far as the father knows the money that is conveniently put into the baby mommas child support account can just as easily been withdrawn from the account and used at the local bar or even a business transaction with her speed dealer. that isnt right!
i think every fathers case should be looked into. they should consider how often the father has his child. they should consider his involvement in his childs life. a real man would feed, clothe, and support his child/children without having the state involved.
my situation was even crazier. in order for me to get "court ordered visitation" i had to setup my own child support through the court. through the court i get my child 2 afternoons a week and every other weeked. which is 12 days a month (almost half the time) and i actually get my child 4-5 times a week and every other weekend. thats over half the time my child is being supported by me. full belly and bath. why should i have to pay my childs mother 20% of my pay when i have the child here with me more than my child is with her. i also have to mention the fact that i buy all of my childs clothes, socks, undies, toys... makes me want to know what all that child support is really being spent! ITS NOT FAIR, the child support system is WRONG and needs to be fixed! http://www.ancpr.org/
AS a sid note if your child or children move in with you and you do not change the original court order, andthe child lives with you 24 -7 for 6 months you still owe the original support!
lesson learned

Millstadt, IL

#9 Nov 27, 2008
sorry-- side note
threethirteen

Saint Charles, MO

#11 Nov 27, 2008
thegreat618 wrote:
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that is why i think every case should be looked at. its not fair to the guys that do support their child or children to hand over cash that could be spent on anything.
it is a good that child support enforcement locates his place of employment. i just want some receipts showing what my child support is being spent. its only fair.
You should be able to call Springfield Illinois Child Support & request a print out of every payment you've made. I would think you could get that from their web site also.
West Coast Sally

United States

#12 Nov 27, 2008
thegreat618 wrote:
even if you pay your child support they still send you letters saying that you are behind and they are taking even more money for interest.
picture this, a father picks up his child from daycare after working a long 60-70 hour week. 20% of his pay is deducted from every check for child support. the father is so happy to see his child. been looking forward to it all week. the father and child get home and they are ready to spend quality needed time together. better check the mail, whats this.. a letter saying that his child support is being raised because he is behind and they are charging him interest. WOW, isnt that a wonderful way to start the quality time with his child.
every man who has a child and is separated from the mother has to work and pay 20% of his paycheck per child. there is nothing given to him in return! no reciept! no prrof that the money is going towards the child! far as the father knows the money that is conveniently put into the baby mommas child support account can just as easily been withdrawn from the account and used at the local bar or even a business transaction with her speed dealer. that isnt right!
i think every fathers case should be looked into. they should consider how often the father has his child. they should consider his involvement in his childs life. a real man would feed, clothe, and support his child/children without having the state involved.
my situation was even crazier. in order for me to get "court ordered visitation" i had to setup my own child support through the court. through the court i get my child 2 afternoons a week and every other weeked. which is 12 days a month (almost half the time) and i actually get my child 4-5 times a week and every other weekend. thats over half the time my child is being supported by me. full belly and bath. why should i have to pay my childs mother 20% of my pay when i have the child here with me more than my child is with her. i also have to mention the fact that i buy all of my childs clothes, socks, undies, toys... makes me want to know what all that child support is really being spent! ITS NOT FAIR, the child support system is WRONG and needs to be fixed! http://www.ancpr.org/
For once I agree with everything you said. Here in Oregon the state fights for the Mothers rights but the Father is given the shaft. The consensus is the Father is the bad guy and that is not always true. Just the fact that you see your child proves that. The Father is always guilty until proven guilty. My son is going through some of the same garbage.
jose bose

AOL

#13 Nov 29, 2008
His daughter has milked the county long enough; Talking down to people, getting involved in clicks.Hiding behind daddy. I have read she is paid "2"times what other county people are paid.
The new guy is educated and I bet he will figure out why the others make a low salary. TAKE CARE OF THE FAMILY FIRST IS WHAT THIS HAS BEEN ALL ABOUT.
Cry baby

United States

#14 Nov 29, 2008
jose bose wrote:
His daughter has milked the county long enough; Talking down to people, getting involved in clicks.Hiding behind daddy. I have read she is paid "2"times what other county people are paid.
The new guy is educated and I bet he will figure out why the others make a low salary. TAKE CARE OF THE FAMILY FIRST IS WHAT THIS HAS BEEN ALL ABOUT.
I sense a little no a lot of jealousy here. Grow up.
family guy

Saint Louis, MO

#15 Dec 2, 2008
jose bose wrote:
His daughter has milked the county long enough; Talking down to people, getting involved in clicks.Hiding behind daddy. I have read she is paid "2"times what other county people are paid.
The new guy is educated and I bet he will figure out why the others make a low salary. TAKE CARE OF THE FAMILY FIRST IS WHAT THIS HAS BEEN ALL ABOUT.
I think you are wrong if you don't take care of your family.Barney helped alot of people in the 30 some odd years of public service. Let him enjoy it without controversy!
George Butch Adams

Elwood, IL

#16 Oct 4, 2012
Dear Barney,
I just found this and wanted to send a comment. Thank you so much for all you havedone for me and my family over the years althoughwe have not stayed in contact you have made lasting impressions and memories on my life and gave someone to look up to and were always there for me when I needed guidence< advice or just someone t talk to. I still remember waiting on my dad's front porch waiting for you to pull in your drive so I could come over and ask for advice. You came a long way from the Derby station.i have always been proud to know you were my friend an mentor. i have no idea if you are still with us but if your not i still know you are watching. and if you are my prayers and best wishes are out to you. Your Friend Always.. Butch

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