New DCS officials promise deliberate, swift fixes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The two officials now heading up the Tennessee Department of Children's Services say they're seeking swift, but deliberate solutions to problems that have plagued the agency.

Interim Commissioner Jim Henry told The Tennessean he still can't give a definitive answer about how many children who have come into contact with DCS have died.

Henry and Larry Martin, a longtime aide to Gov. Bill Haslam, met with the newspaper's reporters to talk about the agency. Henry said a $27 million computer system used by DCS to track children appears to be improving as glitches are found and fixed.

More than 200 Tennessee children lost their lives or nearly died since 2009 after having some contact with the agency. The exact number isn't clear.


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