Doug Racine

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Monday, at the end of the workday, Secretary of Human Services Doug Racine was called to the governor’s office. There, he was told by Governor Shumlin’s chief of staff, Liz Miller, and Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding that his services were no longer needed.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin announced some major changes at the top of the troubled Agency of Human Services Tuesday.

Doug Racine, who has served as Secretary of Human Services since Shumlin took over the governor’s office in 2011, is stepping down. Health Commissioner Harry Chen is replacing Racine and will serve as interim secretary through 2014. During that time, Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan will serve as the head of the department.

Shumlin acknowledged that the agency, which is responsible for a large portion of the state’s social services, is not easy to run.

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The Department for Children and Families is making some changes after an investigation found problems with the department’s handling of the case of two-year-old Dezirae Sheldon, who was allegedly killed by her stepfather earlier this year.

A report by Vermont State Police Detective Lt. James Cruise found “a systemic failure of information sharing and accountability” in Sheldon’s case, although Cruise’s report says he found no evidence of criminal neglect on the part of a public official.