Nebraska’s Director of Child and Welfare Services will step down in mid-October, citing health reasons.
The announced resignation of Todd Reckling comes after the release of a state audit, harshly critical of state child welfare services. The audit criticized the Department of Health and Human Services’ move to privatize child weflare services for failing to seek public bids, failing to document expenses and for failing to oversee contractors.
“Todd has worked in the child welfare and juvenile services field for 19 years, dedicated to improving the lives of children and families,” Kerry Winterer, HHS CEO said in a written statement. “I am sorry to see him leave and I wish him the best.”
Reckling began his career with HHS in 1992. He became director of Child and Welfare Services Director in 2009.