Once the incoming Mecklenburg County commissioners are sworn in Monday, the new board will rethink how it oversees the countys Department of Social Services, commissioner George Dunlap said Monday.
Well probably not be a board that micromanages, but well be more hands-on, Dunlap said at a gathering Monday morning of local elected officials at the Charlotte Chamber office. He said the board will ask to hear more presentations on how the department is running.
Former county DSS director Mary Wilson was fired in September. The next month, the Observer reported on a 2011 consultants study that found dysfunction in the child welfare division.
The county commissioners have been formally in charge of the department, but have often not been made aware of issues there, Wilson told the Observer.
Commissioner Karen Bentley also said at Mondays elected officials gathering that the leadership void at the social services department is one of the top issues the county faces.