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Former DSS director now working for sheriff's office

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The former director of Richmond's Department of Social Services, who was forced to retire after problems in the scandal-plagued department showed children were in danger, is being paid with tax dollars once again. Doris Moseley left DSS under a cloud of controversy, and despite the outrage she caused, she's now working with the Richmond Sheriff's Office.

Richmond's mayor announced the retirement of Social Services Director Doris Moseley in May of last year, after scathing audits blamed management for keeping children in dangerous homes to decrease foster care numbers. At the time, Mayor Dwight Jones said, "The safety of our children should not, and will not, be compromised." Jones promised corrective action; that announcement was part of it.

Less than a year later, Moseley is being paid using tax dollars in a different position. She now has an annual salary of $60,000. The former director was hired by the sheriff's office almost three weeks ago as a research specialist.

The sheriff's office says Moseley is responsible for researching accreditation and certification options to figure out which is the best fit for the department as it transitions from the old jail to the new justice center.

Spokesperson Major Jerry Baldwin said in a statement, "This year is all about transition - not just to a new building, but to a complete change in culture for our staff, our vendors, and our jail residents. We are happy to have Ms. Moseley on board to assist us in this endeavor."

Many people we spoke to, though, are not happy with the placement. The words used in their reactions are "surprise," "shock" and "disgust." Social services insiders say the only good news here is that this time, the former director is not in a management role and not in a position to put children at risk.

NBC12 also checked to see if there are any obvious retirement payment issues because Moseley retired, not resigned, from the city. It appears in this case everything is above board because the sheriff's office uses a different retirement system.

We also put in a request for comment to the mayor's office, but have not received any response yet.

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