Auditor: Admin staffing in child-safety agency reasonable

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(Source: Arizona Department of Child Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Child Safety)

State auditors are giving a thumbs-up to the amount of administrative staffing in a high-profile social service agency.

The auditors say administrative staffing appears reasonable at the Department of Child Safety, the agency that investigates child abuse and neglect and handles other child-welfare duties.

The department was created several years ago when it was split off from the Department of Economic Security and made a separate department.

A special report released by the Auditor General's Office examined the amount of staffing in the department assigned to administrative functions such as management, support and oversight.

The report says the 16 percent of the department's total staffing is devoted to central administration and that the percentage is reasonable when compared with those of similarly structured agencies, including Tennessee's children's services department.

"The report has been reviewed and we concur with the findings," DCS Director Gregory McKay wrote in a letter responding to the report. "We are pleased your office found the Department’s administrative staffing levels to be reasonable, aligned with other agencies and that a reasonable process to estimate staffing needs has been implemented." 

McKay, a 20-year law enforcement veteran who specialized in investigating violent crimes, was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to head up DCS in February 2015.

[RELATED: Fewer kids in state care; DCS says numbers paint positive picture (Dec. 15, 2016)]

PDF: Report highlights

PDF: Full report (27 pages)

PDF: DCS director's response

3TV and CBS 5 contributed to this story.

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