Vermont DCF Commissioner Stepping Down

By Joe Gullo

Published 09/03 2014 02:43PM

Updated 09/03 2014 06:57PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Department for Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Dave Yacovone announced Wednesday that he is stepping down.

During a press conference, Yacovone says it was his choice to leave and he has new job in the human services field in Lamoille County. He also said his decision to leave was more about taking new job than troubles that have plagued DCF.

"I’m not walking out because I’m tired. I just have a great opportunity in my own community I want to take advantage of," Yacovone said.

In August Yacovone's boss, Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine was fired from his job. Governor Peter Shumlin said that's not what happened with Yacovone.

“I am deeply appreciative of the work Dave has done at DCF, not only in competently overseeing the day-to-day challenges facing his department, but for quickly dealing with unexpected problems and tragedies that unfortunately occur as we try to protect our children, and reworking his mission when needed to keep families healthier,” Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said.

General Counsel for Vermont's Agency of Human Services Ken Schatz is the new head of DCF.

“I go into this with my eyes open we have some hard tasks ahead,” Schatz said.

“We need to make sure that our children are safe, we need to address issues of homelessness, we need to make sure that basic needs of families are met.”

Yacovone began his appointment with the department in January 2011.

Schatz says he encourages DCF employees to continue speaking out about issues that need to be improved upon.

DCF is expected to begin a restructuring project in October. Yacovone says is resignation will not be a set back to that project.

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