PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Wednesday the acting director of the Department of Human Services was removed in the wake of a scathing report in Willamette Week.
The newspaper reported Wednesday that top DHS officials knew about financial problems and neglected children at Portland foster care agency Give Us This Day for 19 months before taking action.
Brown announced after the article was published that interim DHS director Jerry Waybrant was removed from his post.
"I have serious concerns about information brought to light regarding foster care provider Give Us This Day," she said in a statement Wednesday.
Oregon Chief Operating Officer Clyde Saiki will temporarily fill the role of director.
"We have asked Clyde Saiki to step in as acting director of DHS while we conduct a national search," Brown told KGW Thursday. "Clyde has the expertise and the experience to lead the agency at this difficult time."
Brown said she would also pursue an independent review of DHS programs to see where improvements can be made.
"It is my goal that children in our foster care system are safe and that they have the services that they need," Brown said.
The Oregon Department of Justice closed Give Us This Day in September, after Willamette Week first published allegations of neglect and money issues there.
Waybrant stepped in as interim DHS director after previous director Erinn Kelley-Siel stepped down in September.
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