Mesa County says no to state control of child services

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

Mesa County is banding together with four other counties to fight Governor Bill Ritter and his plan to give the state control of child services.

After the tragic deaths of 13 children under the control of social services, Governor Bill Ritter formed a committee to change the system. One of the changes would give the state control of child service programs instead of keeping it on the local level.

Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland says Mesa County and four other larger counties each paid $1,200 to hire a political consultant to fight the committee's recommendations.

"There's been no analysis given to any of us that indicates this is going to improve outcomes for children," Rowland says.

The committee's recommendations were presented to the Governor last week and he's taking the month of October to make his final decision.

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