Almost half the state’s child abuse and neglect investigations — more than 3,000 at last count — are past the mandated 45 days for completion, raising concerns that children are being left in unsafe homes, officials said Tuesday. “Each of these overdue cases represents a potential risk for vulnerable children in our state, and this requires swift action on our part,” said Bobby Cagle, the newly appointed interim head of the state Division of Family and Children Services. “We must make sure these children are in a safe situation as soon as possible.” FULL ARTICLE HERE | More: Mandatory overtime ordered to clear DFCS backlog

DFCS chief: Georgia’s most disposable leader

In the war movie, the battle-scarred veteran limps away from the front as the fresh-faced recruit hurries to take his place in the foxhole.

Now imagine the war movie is actually the story of the director of the state Division of Family and Children Services.

Faced with the tragedy and scandal of a child who dies while under DFCS supervision, the governor (Democrat, Republican, doesn’t matter) appoints a new chief of the division — an insider, an outsider, a longtime veteran, a newcomer, etc. Then the unthinkable happens again: a child under the supervision of DFCS winds up murdered by his parents, and in the ensuing scandal the governor gives the DFCS director the heave-ho, and the cycle begins again.

Director of DFCS is perhaps the toughest, most impossible, most frustrating and, ultimately, shortest-lived job in state government. If you’re appointed to this gig, it may be time to start sending out résumés.

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