State Lawmaker Calls For DCS Commissioner To Step Down
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A state lawmaker is calling for the head of the Department of Children Services to step down.
According to reports, State Rep. Sherry Jones claims Kate O'Day has failed to meet her responsibilities to Tennessee's children.
This comes after a report revealed that 31 children the DCS investigated died during the first half of this year. Last week during budget hearings, O'Day asked the governor for $8.6 million to hire more.
Meanwhile, an East Tennessee nonprofit agency received several notices of violation while under the direction of O'Day.
Records reported the violations that occurred while O'Day served as CEO of Child and Family Tennessee in Knoxville. Reports said reviewed inspection reports for the agency from 2006 through 2009. It said reports prior to 2006 weren't available. Admissions to the agency were frozen in 2010.
O'Day took the position as DCS commissioner in 2011, and that agency has been beset by problems this year including improper payments to foster parents, not reporting child fatalities to lawmakers and data problems that mean the agency can't provide accurate information about children in its care.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)