Agency shakeup: 4 regional CPS directors fired, including director of Abilene region

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Child Protective Services has fired four regional directors -- including one in charge of the Wichita Falls to Abilene portion of northwest Texas.

The moves come as agency leaders look to overhaul operations following years of complaints that the agency fails to adequately protect children who are abused or neglected.

The four directors were terminated this week. In addition to the Wichita Falls to Abilene region, directors have been replaced in South Texas, Central Texas and counties ringing Houston, according to the Dallas Morning News.

A fifth in El Paso opted to retire. 

The five represent half of CPS' regional directors in Texas.

The move is another indication that Henry "Hank" Whitman, commissioner of the Texas Department Family and Protective Services, which oversees CPS, seeks to introduce significant changes when it comes to the care of vulnerable children.

CPS has long contended with high turnover among caseworkers, low pay and plummeting morale. High-level managers, meanwhile, had continued to remain in place despite repeated instances of the state failing to protect children subject to abuse.

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