DSS Hearings to Go On Despite Resignation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Members of a Senate panel investigating South Carolina's child welfare agency say their work is not over, even though the agency's director has stepped down.

Aiken Sen. Tom Young says the three senators reviewing the Department of Social Services will continue to meet the rest of the year. Young said Wednesday the resignation of director Lillian Koller does not fix problems at the agency, but opens the door to make it better.

Senators are upset with DSS over what they say are crippling caseloads, too much emphasis on numbers and not on helping children and a slowness in helping authorities investigate child deaths.

Columbia Sen. Joel Lourie says lawmakers will closely investigate the next nominee to lead DSS. Lourie says a Google search would have found problems with Koller.


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