Child Support Enforcement director retires

The director of North Dakota’s Child Support Enforcement Division is retiring.

The Department of Human Services announced today that Mike Schwindt is stepping down after 35 years of service to North Dakota.

Schwindt joined the department in December 1978 as director of management services, according to a news release. In November 1998, department Executive Director Carol Olson selected Schwindt to lead the Child Support Enforcement Division.

“Over the past 12 years, Mike has transformed a program that was facing federal penalties into one of the top performing child support enforcement programs in the country,” Olson said in a statement.

In 2008, the National Child Support Enforcement Association honored Schwindt with the Outstanding Manager Award and awarded North Dakota the Outstanding Program Award. During 2007, North Dakota received regional and national awards for a program Schwindt championed that helps non-custodial parents find work or better-paying jobs.

Under Schwindt’s leadership in the late 1990s, the state disbursement unit assumed collection, recording and disbursement functions from the county clerks of courts, the release said. He also oversaw the transition from paper checks to electronic payments via debit cards and direct deposit. Most recently, he led the transition as the eight regional child support enforcement units moved from county to state agency administration.

Prior to joining Human Services, Schwindt served as chief auditor in the State Auditor’s Office. Additionally, he was one of the founders of and served on the board of directors for the North Dakota Insurance Reserve fund for 12 years. He also served on the State Board of Accountancy for 10 years.

North Dakota’s Child Support Enforcement Program serves about 60,000 children and 90,000 parents and collects in excess of $120 million per year.

Olson said division deputy director and legal counsel Jim Fleming will serve as the acting director until a replacement is found.

2 thoughts on “Child Support Enforcement director retires

  1. I have a son living in North Dakota who just went to court to try & get custody of his son. He had witnesses testify that the man his ex girlfriend lives with does drugs & sells them, but it was all considered circumstantial evidence. The man that she lives with had his sons for the summer and admitted to his ex wife that he gave the oldest son alcohol & beat the youngest son with a leather belt. The ex wife notified my son as she was a witness on his behalf at the trial. My son then contacted social services about the situation as he is concerned about the welfare of his son but still hasn’t heard anything. I as a grandmother also wonder what is going on in the household but no one seems to care about the welfare of my grandson. Oh yes when it came time to figure child support it was based on his wages including overtime pay. When he has no overtime pay tell me how he is suppose to live and pay his expenses. I truly believe that when child support is figured overtime cannot be figured in the formula. Please tell me how you can possibly think this is fair and just.. I don’t have a problem with Dads paying their fair share but it would sure be nice if they got to see their kids at least 50% of the time. Based on the way things are now I can’t even see my grandson unless I travel to North Dakota as his is not allowed to leave the state without his mothers permission. If you can tell me how this is fair please try I’m more than willing to listen
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  2. I have a son who just went to court trying to get custody of his son. Of course he lost. He was paying child support before they even went to court. He was never married to the girl but felt he needed to take care of his son. What I would like to know is how can you possibly base child support payments on overtime pay? Overtime is not a guaranteed income. If you don’t work any overtime how is there anything left for you to pay your own bills & live a live? If you a

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