Head of NYC’s Child Welfare Agency Resigns

NEW YORK (AP) -

The commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services in New York City has resigned.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the retirement of Gladys Carrion in a statement Monday. The mayor said her “leadership and reforms have ushered in a heightened level of accountability and performance” at ACS. De Blasio, who appointed Carrion to the position three years ago, said a search for her replacement is underway.

The city’s child welfare agency has come under fire over recent cases. In October, nine officials and employees of the agency were suspended or placed on modified assignment in connection with the death of a 6-year-old Harlem boy, who prosecutors say underwent months of abuse.