ASININE, Arizona State Investigations involving Neglect, Incompetence, Nonfeasance and in-Efficiency is my choice for the new name for the Arizona Division of Child Safety and Family Services.
According to a May 16 Arizona Republic story, “New agency, new name: State seeks new moniker for CPS,” Gov. Jan Brewer and her band of merry minions want a new name for what was once called Child Protective Services and is currently called the Arizona Division of Child Safety and Family Services. Following the disclosure of the latest scandal to hit CPS and its failures to properly investigate thousands of child abuse and neglect reports, the governor gave CPS a new name and now she reportedly wants yet another new name (http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/2014/05/17/new-agency-new-name-state-seeks-new-moniker-cps/9206707/).
The story said, Brewer’s office “is looking for a new agency name. The current title — the Division of Child Safety and Family Services — is clunky. CSFS doesn’t roll off the tongue like Child Protective Services does.”
Arizona can’t have a state agency with a “clunky” name that doesn’t “roll off the tongue.”
Are Brewer and her staff for real? The state is going to hell in a hand basket and this is what the ninth floor of the State Capitol Building is worried about.
Brewer showed us she had no clue about running a social service agency when she didn’t fire Clarence Carter, her handpicked director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, the agency that oversaw CPS and all of the failed investigations.
Carter’s claim to fame is he was a Washington, D.C., Republican Party insider.
As Brewer and her team play acronym name change games, Arizona still struggles with delivering effective and efficient, and sometimes even basic, statewide services from a host of state agencies with acronym names that “roll off the tongue” including the DPS, Dept. of Public Safety, DOE, Department of Education, DOR, Dept. of Revenue, ADOT, Arizona Dept. of Transportation, DES, Dept. of Economic Security, GOHS, Governor’s Office for Highway Safety, and DLCC, Dept. of Liquor License and Control.
Right now three of Brewer’s marginal state agencies, DPS, ADOT and GOHS, are struggling to figure out what to do with the wrong way drivers on metro area freeways that have killed six people in the last week.
If only a cutesy acronym agency name equated to quality, Arizona would be the best run, best educated, safest and most efficient state in America instead of the failed state it has become and continues to be under Brewer and the extremist Republican legislature that has commandeered Arizona’s future.
While Brewer’s new child protection agency struggles to save lives and deliver a quality public safety product, she’s worried about a new name for the agency she created. And that’s why ASININE is the perfect name for her new child welfare agency.
• Retired Mesa master police officer Bill Richardson lives in the East Valley and can be reached at email@example.com.