Richland DSS Director Leaving Post

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - After months of criticism about policy violations and child deaths, the woman in the top spot at Department of Social Services's Richland County Office is leaving the post.

News19 has learned County Director Elizabeth Stroup will be stepping aside.

The change at the top inside the Richland County DSS offices comes in the middle of a Senate Oversight Ccommittee investigation, Legislative Audit Council review, and stories we have reported on dealing with policy violations child deaths.

While sources say the issues at DSS are plaguing counties statewide, many complaints and concerns have dealt specifically with the Richland Coutny office.

Under Stroup, child protective services caseworkers were found to have too many cases and in some instances caseworkers violated DSS policy.

DSS says Stoup will stay with the agency's Intensive Foster Care and Clinical Services Program in York County.

"Ms. Stroup is a dedicated and valued member of the DSS team, and her more than 20 years of working to protect the at-risk children of this state are a tremendous asset to the agency," said DSS spokeswoman Marilyn Matheus.

Stroup will transfer to her new position after her successor in Richland County is named.


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