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DCS commissioner tasked with turnaround at troubled agency

September 8th, 2013 7:30 pm by Hank Hayes

DCS commissioner tasked with turnaround  at troubled agency

Jim Henry

GRAY — Jim Henry is responsible for turning around a Tennessee state agency with a checkered past in general and one troubling statistic in particular.

“We’ve had 11 deaths this year of kids in our custody,” Henry, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS), said after a recent meeting of state and local officials at Frontier Health.

Henry, a former GOP state representative, gubernatorial candidate and operator of a business providing services to developmentally disabled and troubled children, had been serving as commissioner of the new state Department of Intellectual Disabilities.

But Gov. Bill Haslam promoted him to run DCS on an interim basis after Commissioner Kate O’Day resigned last February amid scrutiny of how her agency was handling cases of children who died after investigations of abuse and neglect.

See Monday’s print edition for an expanded version of this story.

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