FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2003
Today, Jess McDonald resigned as Director of the Department of Children and Family Services. His resignation will be effective April 30.
During his nine-year tenure, Mr. McDonald made substantial contributions toward improving our state’s child welfare system. Today, however, DCFS is facing new challenges, which require reevaluation and a new approach to help address them.
In February, a special task force was appointed to conduct a top-to-bottom review of DCFS and the effectiveness of its policies and programs in addressing child welfare needs.
By mid-April, the task force will produce a report of its findings and a new leadership team for DCFS will be announced.