Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he's standing by the commissioner of social services as a new proposal is out to add investigators to Child Protective Services.
"Carol has a term which will go to the end of the year, and she will serve that," says Poloncarz. " I don't expect her to resign, and I won't ask for her resignation. Instead of creating a scapegoat, we have to solve this problem, and that's what we're trying to do with this proposal to create CPS workers."
The proposal would encompass 37 new jobs, 12 of which would be special investigators to begin looking into cases. Poloncarz says these would be former or retired police officers who already have investigative training. Currently, new hires must undergo six months of training before they can begin investigating. "People we've hired in the last few months can't get a case until they finish training," and Poloncarz says they cannot bring down the high level of caseloads just yet.
With regard to Danker-Maurer, "scapegoating Carol is not the answer. She has an actual appointed term that expires at the end of the year. She's been working very hard to solve the issues," says Poloncarz.