• Cherokee County DSS will be seeking a new director, as well as a child welfare supervisor and a quality control officer.
    Cherokee County DSS will be seeking a new director, as well as a child welfare supervisor and a quality control officer.
  • Cindy Palmer
    Cindy Palmer

DSS director resigns, gets old job back

    Ranger – The Department of Social Services accepted Cindy Palmer’s resignation as director on Monday, but immediately found her a new job in the department.
    It’s more like her old job, as she was placed back in her role as business officer that she held for 11 years before taking over as the permanent director on March 23, 2016.
    Karen Kephart, chairperson of the DSS Board, announced Palmer’s resignation Tuesday afternoon at their regular meeting, but her new position was not mentioned in the open session.
    Palmer’s salary as director was $77,093.64, and she will make $53,220 as the business officer.
    In her original stint as business officer, Palmer supervised several clerical positions, but she will have no supervisory duties of any kind now, according to Cherokee County human resources director Melody Johnson.
    Palmer had been on investigative leave with pay for the previous 58 days in the wake of the Department of Health and Human Services takeover after deficiencies were discovered in the child welfare department.
    It also was announced that David Moore will step aside and no longer handle the DSS legal representation after June 30.
    Look for more on the latest DSS shakeup and plans moving forward in the June 21 edition of the Cherokee Scout.