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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
Two high-level executives at the Department of Children's Services are off the job.
Alan Hall, the Executive Director of Performance and Quality Improvement, and Debbie Miller, the Executive Director of Family and Child Well-Being, no longer work at DCS.
"The departure of the Executive Director of Well-Being was a result of ongoing restructuring within the department, which integrated functions of that division into other program areas. The Executive Director of Performance and Quality Improvement was separated," said DCS Director of Communications Molly Sudderth in a written statement.
The departures came on the same day that DCS was in court responding to a request filed by WSMV-TV and other media to review state records on child fatalities.
The department believes those documents should not be released.
On Thursday, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner sent a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam, Speaker Harwell and Lt. Gov. Ramsey requesting a joint government operations committee meeting to investigate the DCS's refusal to release the records.
"The mission of the Department of Children's Services is too important for them to operate in secrecy," said Turner in a news release. "It is well past time that we have a full accounting of problems within the agency, so we can determine how best to move forward and fix them."
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