Citrus County Sheriff's Office announced that it had been removed from Child Protective Investigations by DCF on Monday.
In a totally unanticipated move by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Sheriff Jeff Dawsy was notified today that the state agency has optioned to bring Citrus County’s child protective investigations (CPI) back in-house, effective as of Oct. 31.
“I never saw it coming,” said Dawsy. “I’m shocked.”
DCF exercised the exit clause in a one-year contract signed earlier this year to keep the program under the auspices of the Sheriff’s Office.
After hearing the news, Sheriff Dawsy promised to make the transition of services as smooth as possible, although he admitted to worries about the safety of the county’s children.
The state agency was quick to add that the performance and measurable outcomes of the program under the Sheriff’s Office was never in question.
DCF’s decision in no way impacts the six other Florida sheriffs who currently perform the same CPI function.