PCSAO issues call to action in memory of slain caseworker
The murderer of a Franklin County Children Services caseworker is up for parole next month, and PCSAO is working with the family of Nancy Fitzgivens to organize a statewide letter-writing campaign to keep the offender behind bars.
Fitzgivens (pictured), 53, was murdered Oct. 16, 2001, by Gregory Pack. As a caseworker, Fitzgivens often asked to be assigned cases in Columbus’ toughest neighborhoods. As she interviewed a couple whose children had been removed into foster care for severe abuse, she was stabbed to death. Pack was sentenced for the murder but is up for parole in September. PCSAO is writing a letter to the Parole Board asking that parole be denied, and encourages others to submit an email (a sample letter with contact information is available here) to that effect by tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 24, Victim Impact Day, or by Aug. 31 at the latest.
Fitzgivens had spent 10 years earning her degree in social work while working full time. Her husband said at the time that she knew the danger but logged long hours trying to stop family abuse. Her murder launched a decade-long effort by PCSAO to track and report on threats, harassment and other aggression experienced by caseworkers in the field.
“Nancy was a selfless and experienced caseworker who dedicated her career to protecting children and supporting families,” said PCSAO Executive Director Angela Sausser. “Safety is an everyday concern for the state’s 3,500 caseworkers going into communities, putting themselves in harm’s way, knocking on doors and not always knowing what to expect on the other side. While murders like Nancy’s are fortunately rare, too often we hear stories of caseworkers facing verbal and physical aggression, stalking, property destruction, harassment and threats from their clients.”