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Still No Appointment Of Child Services Department Head


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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.

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