Governor Haslem announced on January 24th that DCS had nine child deaths unaccounted for between 2011 and 2012, which raised the number of custodial deaths to 25 in the past two years. After this revelation, Haslam appointed a senior advisor to look into DCS operations. A federal judge has also ordered DCS to hand over its death records to a watchdog organization in January and ordered DCS to overhaul its child fatality review process within 90 days. Turning over these records will cost DCS around $55,000.
The Governor has appointed Jim Henry, the Commissioner of DIDD, as interim Commissioner of DCS until a new Commissioner can be located.