DSHS Cheryl Stephani, Assistant Secretary over Children's Administration has announced she is leaving her post effective December 31st.
All I can say at this time is that she will be making one hunk of money in retirement...over $100,000 a year so why stay with the program?
She leaves a department in shambles. There is no accountability. There is no openness to public scrutiny. There is no following of the legislative directive to "place with families first." She offered a draconian form of leadership that has no place in government.
And to Robin Arnold Williams.....Go back in and reevaluate the way you do business. I would be happy to bring along many of my senate colleagues who have been just horrified by the department's actions. While there are good people who try to help children in trouble...your policies have created a monster. Steponme's departure is welcome and overdue. She was past any understanding of what she was doing. She allowed some employees to lie (they did so to me!!!)without repercussion. She hid positive in-home studies from judges. She allowed an out-of-control CASA to over-step his authority and made no mention of it. She failed to bring public trust to the department. She never took responsibility for what her employees did. She was one disaster and caused so much anguish for innocent family members.
Robin...let's get it right. No more promotions from your institutions. Let's get new blood into this department. Let's get some citizen over-sight. My God...It is Christmas after all.