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Mayor names new commissioner for NYC's troubled Administration for Children's Services

David Hansell, a former Obama administration child welfare official, will assume his role at ACS in the next few weeks.

Former Commissioner Gladys Carrion resigned in December amid criticism. @NYCChildren/Facebook

Mayor Bill de Blasio is poised to announce the appointment of a new commissioner to the city’s embattled Administration for Children’s Services, news media reported Monday.

David Hansell, 61, a Yale-educated lawyer with a deep management experience particularly in health and child welfare services in the Obama administration, will step into his role in March. He replaces Gladys Carrion, who resigned in December and officially left duties Feb. 3, due to reproach and scrutiny for the agency’s handling of cases and for allowing ACS agents to carry excessive caseloads.

Zymere Perkins, the 6-year-old Harlem boy beaten to death allegedly by his mother’s boyfriend in September, turned the spotlight on possible mismanagement within the ACS.

Hansellhad headed up child protection programs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2009 through 2011 during the Obama administration.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani appointed Hansell as associate commissioner for HIV in the city’s health department in 1997, and was later made chief of staff to the Human Resources Administration under the Bloomberg administration. Gov. Elliott Spitzer made him commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Since 2012, Hansell has been in private practice as head of KPMG’s Human and Social Services Center of Excellence.

 

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