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Still No Appointment Of Child Services Department Head

After his first cabinet meeting, Gov. Mike Pence said he still had not made a decision on who would lead the Department of Child Services.

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FSSA Chief Michael Gargano and DCS director John Ryan are maintaining the positions to which they were appointed by former governor Mitch Daniels until Gov. Mike Pence chooses replacements.

Governor Mike Pence says he is made no decision yet who will run the Family and Social Services Administration or the Department of Child Services.

Pence Wednesday held the first meeting with members of his Cabinet. In attendance were FSSA chief Michael Gargano and DCS director John Ryan, both of whom were appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels. But Pence says he has not decided whether the two men will stay on in his administration.

“We are continuing our evaluation of those agencies and we will have decisions on both of those agencies before the end of the month,” Pence says.

Ryan, the former DCS chief of staff, took over the department when director James Payne resigned in September. His leadership has been praised by lawmakers as the General Assembly works to solve issues within DCS.

Pence indicated during his transition he would look for the best candidates for each agency position, regardless of their connection to the Daniels administration.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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