Madison County DHR Director to Oversee Jackson County DHR

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The interim director of the Jackson County Department of Human Resources resigned her position Tuesday, and the new interim director has over three decades experience with the department.

Drenda King worked for Jackson County DHR for nearly 35 years as a social worker, child welfare consultant, and supervisor, before becoming executive director of Madison County DHR.

She replaces Denise Raines as interim director, as Jackson County and Alabama DHR officials address some internal issues.

Two senior supervisors were suspended and face possible termination for alleged policy violations.

Kristie Crabtree and Connie Cotten are scheduled for disciplinary hearings next week, although their attorneys hope to come to a resolution before then.

The supervisors said they did the best they could with limited resources, and had dozens of supporters at Tuesday’s board meeting.

“I think it’s in a special strength that the people of the community, and of Jackson County, and of DHR have come forth with concerns they have and with the support,” King said.

“I think it shows that the citizens of Jackson County are committed, not only to DHR, but to helping families and protecting children.”

Raines resigned, and King was asked to replace her in the interim.

King said she will address any shortage issues by bringing in workers from outside Jackson County, who will do some extra work.

“In Madison County I have lots of good employees who are willing to pitch in and do things that they wouldn’t normally have to do, and they’ll be working over some too I’m sure,” she said.

That extra effort is to ensure there will be no drop off in assistance to clients.

“None, everything as far as they are concerned with their eligibility for the financial programs or the services that they would receive otherwise to their children, or to their adult relatives, whether they be aging or otherwise, will continue just as always,” King said.

DHR officials have not announced a goal date of hiring a new Jackson County director.