Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Director Bobby Cagle submitted a letter of resignation Nov. 23 notifying the Board of Supervisors of his intent to leave DCFS effective Dec. 31. After 33 years of government service, Director Cagle will be leaving the department to pursue a second career in the private sector.
“It has been an honor to lead this important work and serve alongside all of you, the thousands of committed child welfare staff in LA County DCFS,” Director Cagle wrote in an email to staff members.
“As always, I want to thank each and every one of you for your tireless efforts to protect children and strengthen families,” he added.
Director Cagle will be temporarily succeeded by Ginger Pryor as acting director. Ms. Pryor has nearly 30 years of child welfare experience in front-line case management, consulted with nearly 50 child welfare jurisdictions across the country with Casey Family Programs and in private practice, and has previously served as the director for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.
To assist Ms. Pryor during this transition, Dawna Yokoyama, a retired DCFS deputy director with 37 years of experience, will return as interim chief deputy director.