Greg McKay stepping down as head of Arizona Department of Child Safety

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey announced the departure of the Department of Child Safety director.

Greg McKay will leave the agency he has headed for the last four years to become the chief operating officer of Childhelp, a nonprofit that has worked closely with the state’s child-welfare agency.

Ducey’s announcement via Twitter on Tuesday included a string of comments lauding McKay for turning around the agency and said McKay has made Arizona “a national model for finding kids safe, loving homes.”

The governor credited McKay with reducing the on-hold times of the child abuse hotline from 12 minutes in 2014 to 31 seconds today; reducing the number of children in out-of-home care; and curtailing the number of cases that were left open after 60 days, Capitol Media Services reported.

McKay was one of Ducey’s earliest appointees, taking over the recently created agency in February 2015 after the governor fired former Gov. Jan Brewer’s appointee, Charles Flanagan.

McKay came to the then-Child Protective Services office to head the Office of Child Welfare Enforcement. Before that, he was a Phoenix police officer and, among other things, investigated child-abuse cases.

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