Tue
Feb 5 2013
02:07 pm

Press release: Haslam Announces Resignation of DCS Commissioner:

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Commissioner Kate O’Day has resigned from her post.

"Kate has informed me that she felt the time was right to step down," Haslam said. "She was concerned that she had become more of a focus than the children the department serves. I appreciate Kate’s service to this administration and to our state.  She has done a lot of good work in identifying longstanding problems that have hampered the department, and we will build on those efforts as we move forward."

The governor has named Commissioner Jim Henry, who currently heads up the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, to serve as interim commissioner of DCS, and will immediately begin a search for a new DCS commissioner.

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Andy Axel's picture

"I am shocked" says no one

"I am shocked" says no one who's been following this story.

R. Neal's picture

Possible translation: "I have

Possible translation:

"I have informed Kate that I felt the time was right for her to step down," Haslam said. "I was concerned that she had become a distraction from our more important work of outsourcing public schools and prisons."

Dried Prestone's picture

Guess they can't outsource DCS, nobody wants it

It is a thankless but necessary and important task of state and local governments to care for the neglected, abused, and unwanted children that are brought into this world by people who struggle to care for themselves, let alone care for a child.

The process of protecting and providing for these children is broken and has become extremely expensive with the system unfortunately operating in excess of capacity.

If mental health is the first thing cut come budget time, DCS is a close second.

There are no easy nor inexpensive answers as the responsibilities of DCS have only increased (not decreased as their budget has).

Average Guy's picture

Blowback

If mental health is the first thing cut come budget time, DCS is a close second.

I'd say the blowback on this would be terrible, but it already is.

If mental health and child development got as much attention as guns do on Fox, conservative radio and Facebook, there would not be a reason to spend so much time on the gun argument. We just hear about the kids that die in DCS care. I wonder what kind of citizens many of the ones making it out alive are becoming?

metulj's picture

"If mental health and child

"If mental health and child development got as much attention as guns do on Fox, conservative radio and Facebook"

The examined life is not worth leading in those words....

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