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Governor Brewer defends DES director, against claims by fired workers

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R)
PHOENIX (KSAZ) -  Governor Jan Brewer defended keeping Department of Economic Security director Clarence Carter in his role, Thursday, after fired Child Protective Services employees say 6,500 child abuse reports were not being investigated under his leadership. Brewer says the state investigation shows Mr. Carter did not know about the negligence.

"Bottom line is you know sometimes the captain of the ship doesn't know if the bathroom is working properly or not,” said Brewer, “You're counting on those people around you to bring information to you...You can't possibly, an agency as large as DES is, know every piece of it and what's happening 24/7," said Brewer.

After a six month investigation, five CPS manager have been fired for the debacle, while Carter kept his job. The fired workers believe they are scapegoats. After repeated questions asking to address the employees allegations, that they are scapegoats, Gov. Brewer declined to comment.

The fired women say they were directed to mark reports "N-I" for "not investigated" to manage a crippling caseload. Carter oversaw CPS at the time. The governor has since made CPS a stand-alone agency. Carter remains the head of DES and the Governor hasn't asked him to resign.

The fired employees say they are gearing up for legal action, to both restore their reputation and regain employment.
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