Column: For Department of Child Services director, leaving was only option

By all reports, James Payne inherited a badly broken child welfare system when Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed him to assume leadership of the newly created Department of Child Services in 2005.

Some of his reforms have proved successful. And some have come under intense fire.

But never was Payne’s role been under more scrutiny than on Sunday when the Indianapolis Star charged him with violating his agency’s own code of conduct.

On Monday, Payne resigned. Daniels appointed DCS Chief of Staff John Ryan as interim director.

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