Director of WIC program under scrutiny, on leave

  • Follow Latest News

ATLANTA - Officials say the state director of the Women, Infants and Children program has been placed on administrative leave while accusations of mismanagement and failure to abide by the law are investigated.

The head of the state Division of Public Health, Dr. Sandra Ford, said Monday that Candace Jones was placed on paid leave June 12. Jones has led the program for about two years.

Ford declined to identify the accusations.

Officials at the state Department of Community Health said the investigation focuses on mismanagement and failure to follow the law.

WIC is a $250 million federally funded program that provides monthly vouchers for supplemental foods such as cereal, eggs, juice, milk, peanut butter and infant formula. It serves about 300,000 people.

Comments (2) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Taylor B
Taylor B 06/23/09 - 08:42 pm
WHAT!?!?!?! A government

WHAT!?!?!?! A government welfare agency being mismanaged?!? NO WAY!

mad_max 06/23/09 - 11:04 pm
Hey, I used to worry about

Hey, I used to worry about theft, fraud, waste, and abuse in the welfare programs. But when Obama lined ACORN up to get $8 billion dollars I finally figured out that nobody gives a damn what happens to taxpayer money any more. If that isn't outright stealing from the taxpayer to give to a political organization I'm a monkey's uncle. Don't worry about what somebody can steal from WIC cause it can't touch what Obama is stealing from us. WIC is a sexist program that should be done away with anyway. Every heard of a MIC program. Why can't men with children get assistance? They should have called it BWIC because it is really for black teenage girls who keep popping out these babies every time somebody pats them on top of the head.

Back to Top
Search Augusta jobs
Top headlines
Early voting in Augusta-area shows increase
Area early voting numbers are dwarfing turnout four years ago, particularly in Republican-leaning Columbia County, and forecast apossible record voting year for the Augusta area.