2 Dozen State Reps. Call For Resignation Of DCF Commissioner

February 14, 2014 9:11 PM
2 Dozen State Reps. Call For Resignation Of DCF Commissioner
" BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Two dozen state lawmakers have sent a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick seeking the resignation of the head of the state child welfare agency over concerns the department is failing to protect children in its care.

The letter written by Republican state Reps. Ryan Fattman of Webster and Leah Cole of Peabody cited what they called a mishandling of cases by the Department of Children and Families. Eight Democrats signed Thursday’s letter asking for the resignation of Commissioner Olga Roche.

The agency has been under scrutiny since social workers lost track of Jeremiah Oliver, a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy who has not been seen by relatives since September and is feared dead. His mother and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the case.

“Both Democrats and Republicans agree that Commissioner Roche has not offered a comprehensive solution to solving the epic failures of the Department of Children and Families, and it is time for some leadership that will make protecting children its number one priority,” Fattman said in a statement "

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