- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has confirmed Gov. Doug Ducey’s pick to lead the Department of Child Safety despite concerns from some Democrats about his qualifications.

The Senate voted 20-8 Tuesday to approve former Phoenix police detective Greg McKay as the agency’s director.

McKay is credited with discovering that more than 6,000 child abuse reports phoned into the Child Protective Services hotline had been illegally closed without investigation. That November 2013 revelation led then-Gov. Jan Brewer to remove CPS from its parent agency and remake it as a stand-alone agency.

Ducey fired Charles Flanagan as child safety director in favor of McKay last month.

Democrats said they didn’t have enough information about McKay and worried about the contents of a whistleblower complaint against him. Ducey’s lawyer has declined to release that document.


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