Originally created 02/04/05

Two workers moved from DFCS office



Two administrators at the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services have been reassigned months after the conclusion of a state investigation over allegations of mismanagement, altered records and practices endangering children.

According to two DFCS Department of Human Resources memos obtained by The Augusta Chronicle, Assistant Director Myra D. Josey, who had worked at the Fenwick Street office for four years, was reassigned to a "Field Program Specialist position in Region VII" effective Dec. 10, 2004.

Deputy Director Adell S. Moore is also no longer with the Richmond County DFCS office.

According to the Jan. 5 memo, Ms. Moore was reassigned to a trainer position with the DFCS' Education and Training Section effective Jan. 10. She was employed by the Richmond County DFCS office for nearly six years.

The memo did not state where Ms. Moore's new office is located, but William Hillis, the manager of field operations at the Region VII Field Office, said Thursday she is working out of Augusta.

The two reassignments are the latest in a series of personnel changes at the Richmond County DFCS office.

In late January, Kenneth Joe Sr. was hired as the office's new director after former director Carolyn Beard was reassigned to a regional-level DFCS position in Wrens last June.

Earlier in 2004, letters from current and past county DFCS employees detailing mismanagement prompted state attention.

According to documents obtained by The Augusta Chronicle from the U.S. Department of Labor through the Freedom of Information Act, Ms. Beard conceded that the office had violated federal labor law from April 2002 to April 2004.

The violations included failure to pay $18,465 in overtime expenses to 23 employees, according to the Labor Department.

A DFCS spokesman said at the time of Ms. Beard's reassignment that he did not know whether her transfer was related to the investigation.

It is not known whether the latest reassignments are connected to the state investigation.

The Richmond County DFCS also ranked 152nd out of 159 Georgia counties in meeting key performance indicators and results concerning the safety and welfare of children in state custody, according to the most recent report by the state office.

Ms. Josey has a "permanent office" in the Columbia County DFCS office in Appling, but travels to several areas, including Jefferson County, for her work, said Columbia County DFCS Director Linda Joesbury. Ms. Josey does not cover Columbia County, however, she said.

A message left Wednesday for Ms. Josey was not returned.

Reach Kate Lewis at (706) 823-3215 or kate.lewis@augustachronicle.com.

Reassignments

Assistant Director Myra D. Josey has been reassigned to a "field program specialist" job and Deputy Director Adell S. Moore is now a trainer with the department's Education and Training Section, according to memos from the Department of Family and Children Services.