JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The director of a division that oversees child welfare services in Missouri has resigned without explanation after only three months on the job.
Former Missouri Rep. David Wood, R-Versailles, said Monday that he was no longer the director of the Division of Children’s Services, which is part of the Department of Social Services.He would not say why he had left but said he had signed a letter of resignation. A spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Parson said the office did not comment on personnel issues.However, an exchange on Wood’s Facebook page offers insight.Wood announced his move by stating: “As of today, I am no longer the Director of Children’s Division of the Department of Social Services. I am grateful for the opportunity to try and make a difference for the children of Missouri. I had hoped that this would be my last job but God has another plan. The people working at Children’s Division are fantastic and they truly care about children’s safety. I know there are many challenges facing the division in the future and I hope the next Director will be able to lead the division for a long time and provide stability.”
To a question from a Facebook friend as to why Wood was leaving the job, he replied: “lets just say that I am probably a better politician than bureaucrat. As you well know I have a hard time not saying what I think and not everyone appreciated it.”
Department of Social Services spokeswoman Rebecca Woelfel said Joanie Rogers was now serving as interim director.
The division oversees child abuse and neglect issues, child care licensing, adoption and foster care for children.
Wood became director in mid-June after resigning his House seat. He could not have sought re-election because of term limits.
At the time, he said he wanted to bring stability to a division that had had five directors in seven years.
MetroSTL.com staff contributed to this report.