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Monday night the Governor offered a plan to spend and extra $6.7 million on the agency and reorganize it by cutting 30 administrators and adding 62 case managers.
"The proposal the Governor has made are so far so good," said State Representative Sherry Jones. "We do need more caseworkers. There are too many cases in the DCS now and they're trying to force those case managers to rush them through, rush them through and you just can't do that if you're gonna do a good job. You really need to investigate."
Jones has been a frequent critic of DCS.
She told Fox 17 News she does wish Haslam had taken his proposal a step further and ordered a top down review and changes.
The department has come under fire recently for the number of children who've died after the agency investigated reports of abuse or neglect.
One mother who's asked that her identity be hidden told Fox 17 News she saw signs of trouble when she dealt with the agency as a foster mother.
"Some of the things I saw was trying to ease the caseload as opposed to doing what was best for the children."
She says adding more case workers will help but only if they're case workers that care about children.
Wednesday, January 30 2013, 12:15 AM CST
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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