Human Services chief shuffles staff in wake of DCF problems

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A new boss at the Rutland office of the Department for Children and Families is one of several changes state officials announced late Friday afternoon in an attempt to reform the department following a police report last week that condemned the way that office handled the Dezirae Sheldon case.

Lynne Klamm will serve as interim director at the Family Services Division office in Rutland, Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine announced in a news release.

Klamm is a field services director for the Agency of Human Services for Rutland and Addison counties.

She has experience as a supervisor and manager and is a "long-time" AHS employee, Racine said. She replaces John Zalenski, the current Rutland district director.

That office oversees approximately 15 social workers and has 153 open cases, according to DCF data, including 80 cases in which DCF has custody of a child.

As a result of her new job, Klamm will not be involved in any further investigation of Dezirae's homicide, Racine said.

DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone said the department is also reviewing staffing and procedures at other offices around the state.


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