Deberry Defends DCS Commissioner

Tennessee state Rep. John Deberry, D-Memphis, is defending Department of Children’s Service (DCS) Commissioner Kate O’Day from the critical media scrutiny she has been under since the agency released a report showing 31 children died during the first six months of 2012. Although Gov. Bill Haslam reviewed the report and said he found no evidence that DCS acted inappropriately, the Memphis Daily News reports that critics are calling for O’Day to be replaced. Deberry, who has criticized DCS over the years, stated in a letter, "In my opinion, Commissioner O'Day should be given a reasonable amount of time to assimilate a plan of action that will combat these ongoing issues involving the children of Tennessee.”