House Democrats demand Carter’s resignation, call for a special legislative session
CPS needs resources and leadership with experience and credibility
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Members of the Arizona House Democratic Caucus delivered a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer today, imploring her to demand that Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter resign immediately after he confirmed that Child Protective Services has failed to investigate approximately 6,000 reports of abuse.
House Democrats also urged the governor to call a special legislative session to appropriate the funding needed to hire more investigators and case managers to work through the 6,000 cases that have not been investigated and the 10,000-case backlog the agency previously reported.
“Law requires CPS to investigate 100 percent of child abuse reports. Under Director Carter’s authority, the agency has failed to comply with the law, and even worse, it has failed to protect thousands of Arizona kids,” House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), said. “At this point, it is difficult to have any confidence in his ability to resolve this crisis. He should resign.”
The letter, hand delivered to the governor, included signatures from 23 Arizona House Democrats.
“CPS is a broken agency and we have to act now to restore credibility and accountability,” Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), said. “We stand ready to make sure CPS gets the resources it needs to protect Arizona children. At the same time, it is imperative that CPS gets the leadership of a person with a proven background and the experience needed to get the agency back on track and fix this horrifying failure. This needs to happen now.”