DHS supervisor in Serenity Deal case fired

A DHS supervisor involved in the Serenity Deal case has been fired. Pottawatomie County supervisor Jennifer Shawn was notified Thursday morning.

BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer Modified: September 15, 2011 at 10:52 am •  Published: September 15, 2011

A supervisor at the state Department of Human Services was fired Thursday for misconduct and dishonesty in the Serenity Deal case. Pottawatomie County Supervisor Jennifer R.
Shawn, 32, said again Thursday she did nothing wrong. She plans to appeal to the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission. “It's absurd,” she said of the accusations that led to her firing. “It is DHS's attempt to shift blame from the agency on to individual workers.” Officials at the Department of Human Services accused Shawn of 67 policy violations in Serenity's case. A DHS administrative law judge, Gail Wettstein, who heard testimony and reviewed documents from Serenity's case, agreed the evidence was sufficient to prove many of the allegations. Several of the substantiated policy violations involved failures to assure that full background checks were made on Serenity's father. Others involved failures to properly inform the judge overseeing Serenity's case. Serenity, 5, died in June from a beating while with her father. The girl began living with her father full time in Oklahoma City in May on the recommendation of DHS workers.

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