Dr. Lorra Fuller placed on administrative leave
Leave enacted same day as Board is presented with ODJFS report
By Bill Shope
Scioto Voice Writer
Dr. Lorra Fuller, Executive Director of Scioto County Children’s Services (SCCS) has been placed on administrative lead by the Board of that organization.
After a nearly three hour long executive session, the Board returned, with their attorney, David Huddleston. As Board member Dawn Keller made the following motion, I make a motion to place Lorra Fuller on administrative leave,” with that motion being seconded by Kevin E. Johnson. The motion was met with a unanimous vote of approval. Keller then went on to make a motion to appoint Huddleston as the interim Director, beginning Thursday, October 10, until October 21st, with Lowell Howard becoming the interim Director after that day. Both motions were voted in the affirmative, unanimously. Howard will be compensated at the rate of $25.00 per hour, working five hour days.
Howard is a former Superintendent of the New Boston School District as well as a number of other local districts. In 2007, Howard became the Superintendent of the South Central ESC, until he retired from that post in 2015.
The meeting also saw the Board presented with a report conducted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which reviewed SCCS’ handling of events leading up to the murder of 2-month old Dylan Groves, who was under SCCS supervision at the time.
The report, which was given to the media before the Board had an opportunity to even see the 20 page document, was heavily critical of SCCS, stating on page six, “once the child left foster care, the initial plan of safe care ended and the agency (SCCS) did not ensure that there was a sufficient plan of safe care in place when the target child (Groves) was (redacted).”
The Scioto Voice will continue to keep the public abreast of further developments, online and in the upcoming edition of The Scioto Voice.