Director of Indiana Child's Services agency resigns - News, Weather & Sports

Director of Indiana Child's Services agency resigns

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James Payne (Source: WISH-TV) James Payne (Source: WISH-TV)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WAVE) – The director of Indiana's Child Services Agency has resigned following reports suggesting he violated his department's ethical rules when he intervened in a case involving his grandchildren.

Governor Mitch Daniels announced Monday he had accepted the resignation of James Payne.

Daniels defended Payne's handling of the department and said the state's work to protect children from abuse and neglect has improved under Payne's leadership.

In a statement Governor Daniels said, "His resignation does not alter the plain truth that thousands of Indiana children are better off, and many are alive only because of the passionate and devoted leadership of this fine public servant."

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