Bobbie Gregg named new director of DCFS - FOX 32 News Chicago

Bobbie Gregg named new director of DCFS

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Gov. Pat Quinn has chosen Bobbie M. Gregg as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Gregg has been interim director of the state child-welfare agency since February.

Gregg, a social worker, is now acting DCFS director, pending Senate confirmation of her appointment, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Quinn called her a “problem-solver who brings a fresh perspective to DCFS.”

Gregg was deputy chief of the agency’s Bureau of Operations before being named interim director in February. She had worked for the agency for about a year. She previously was an assistant director of the DuPage County Health Department and an assistant U.S. attorney.

In announcing her appointment Tuesday, the governor said: “At DCFS, Gregg oversaw a wide array of agency operations, including resource development and management of agencies providing foster care, shelter care and congregate care. She also managed transition services for older adolescents, education services and programs for children and youth, and support services for relative caregivers.”

Gregg’s appointment comes after Quinn announced a national search for the next chief of the next head of the state’s child-welfare agency in late February following the resignation of his previous pick for the post after only a month on the job.

Arthur Bishop, 61, resigned following Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ reports that he had a theft conviction and paternity case in his past.

Bishop previously headed the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.

In appointing him, Quinn had said he wanted to bring stability to the agency, which had been beset by financial scandal in 2011 and, more recently, by a furor over the abuse and neglect deaths of dozens of children who’d had contact with the agency before they died.

The top DCFS post has been a revolving door in recent months. In November. Richard Calica, who’d been appointed following the 2011 contracting scandal, resigned as he battled cancer. He died in December.

Denise Gonzales, who’d been his chief of staff, was interim director before Bishop’s appointment in January.

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