It is becoming clearer that Deval Patrick has already moved on...checked out ..if you will. It seems that lately he has to be led kicking and screaming to do his job.
Nowhere is that more evident than the DCF debacle that has been going on for months now. Olga Roche..who should have been fired months ago...finally gave her resignation yesterday. This..only after Speaker DeLeo and other high profile lawmakers let it be known publicly that they have had enough.
Ironic that Roche, who was appointed as in interim, was given the job around the same time that it was going completely unnoticed that Jeremiah Oliver had been missing for more than a month.
Yes..DCF has lost tremendous amounts of funding over the past few years...but that doesn't fly as an excuse. As a leader, Roche should have put processes and policies in place that would have streamlined inefficiencies. She should have given the green light to implement technology updates that would ensure safety and efficiency. The idea that DCF was still relying on faxes for 51A filings is simply beyond belief and inexcusable.
Roche was ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of DCF yet at yesterday's press conference, Deval does what Deval does best. He blamed the victims..in this case the taxpayers and citizens of the State of Massachusetts. He protected yet again another incompetent department head that he appointed. The disdain he shows for the people , families and children of this state is tiresome.
Erin Deveney will do a good job as interim...but the job should not be hers permanently. A national search should be conducted and the best candidate for the job should be selected....this mean hiring someone from the outside who is not part of the problem.
"It is not down in any map...trueplaces never are...." ( Melville)