Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services Director Bobby Cagle told county leaders on Tuesday he plans to step down from the top of the largest protection agency next month. of the country’s childhood.
Cagle’s departure comes as the DCFS faces scrutiny in a spate of high-profile deaths and abuse of children in the agency’s care.
Last month, a Norwalk foster mother was accused of torturing and mistreating a 4-year-old boy, who was hospitalized in a coma. The episode prompted county officials to demand an investigation into the DCFS ‘handling of the case and sparked sharp criticism of the agency.
“Now is a good time to reimagine what it really means to protect a child in LA County,” said supervisor Janice Hahn, who drafted the motion calling for an investigation at the time.
A person familiar with the thought of Cagle who spoke on condition of anonymity called the outgoing director “exhausted” and said his departure was not compelled by any particular case.
In a letter submitted to the supervisory board on Tuesday, Cagle said his resignation from DCFS would take effect on December 31. DCFS did not provide any explanation as to when to resign, but in a statement, the agency said Cagle was planning to enter the private sector. after more than three decades in public service.
“It has been an honor to lead this important work and serve alongside you, the thousands of dedicated LA DCFS County Child Protection staff,” Cagle wrote in an email to staff.
“As always, I want to thank each of you for your tireless efforts to protect children and strengthen families,” Cagle said in the email.
Once his departure is effective, DCFS will be led by its second-in-command, Ginger Pryor. A retired DCFS deputy director Dawna Yokoyama was also due to return as interim deputy chief director as LA County searches for a new director.
This story will be updated.