Interim leader’s last day Sept. 16
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 08/02/2011 08:33:04 PM PDT

The county’s troubled Department of Children and Family Services will undergo yet another leadership change, after the resignation this week of acting director Jackie Contreras.

She is the agency’s third chief in eight months to step down; her last day is Sept. 16.

She will go back to working for Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation that focuses solely on foster care and improving the child welfare system.

“I previously worked with Casey Family Programs in their strategic consulting arm, and this is an opportunity in their direct service,” Contreras said.

“Their focus is to improve child welfare, to improve outcomes for children and families across the country. It’s just an incredible opportunity and I’m looking forward to it.”

Contreras, formerly the second-in-command at the DCFS, was never expected to stay in charge for long. She was essentially a placeholder while the Board of Supervisors looked for a permanent director.

This was her second stint at the DCFS. She worked as a deputy director in the mid 2000s, then resigned to work at Seattle-based Casey Family Programs. She returned to the DCFS in April 2010.

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