Linda Haugen – Courtesy photo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/10/16 – 4:08 PM PDT |

Linda Haugen, assistant executive officer of the San Bernardino County Department of Human Services, is retiring after 35 years with the county.

Haugen, whose last day is Friday, has headed Human Services for 11 years. The department is subdivided into eight other departments that Haugen oversees: Children and Family Services, Public Health, Behavioral Health, Child Support, Veterans Affairs, Transitional Assistance, Preschool Services, and Aging and Adult Services.

The Board of Supervisors presented Haugen with a resolution during its Oct. 4 meeting.

“The Board of Supervisors of the County of San Bernardino, state of California, does hereby recognize and commend Linda Haugen for her 35 years of outstanding service, knowledge and experience,” board Chairman James Ramos said, reading from the resolution.

Behavioral Health director CaSonya Thomas will succeed Haugen.

Both Haugen and Thomas began their careers with the county with the Transitional Assistance Department.

Haugen’s retirement, according to county spokesman David Wert, has nothing to do with an ongoing investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office into alleged corruption and mismanagement at DCFS. The investigation was launched after the office fielded complaints of children being repeatedly placed into abusive homes in which they died or were severely abused, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The Attorney General’s announcement came 10 days before the county’s civil grand jury released a scathing report on DCFS, which also revealed that department practices had resulted in the deaths of children.

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