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DCF whistleblower lawsuit not that surprising to some

Karen King, a former supervisor with the Kansas Department for Children and Families based in Winfield, filed a “whistleblower” lawsuit claiming she was fired after raising concerns about false reports filed by a social worker. What’s also concerning about the lawsuit is that DCF observers aren’t surprised by it. “The work environment at DCF is chaotic in all the regional offices,” Rebecca Proctor, executive director at the Kansas Organization of State Employees, told the Kansas Health Institute News Service. Wendy Flickinger, who runs the Hutchinson-based Family Advisory Council, also has witnessed chaos and social workers not doing their jobs. “It’s that the money only stretches so far and there can only be so many workers,” she told KHI News Service. The Eagle has previously reported on personnel and ethics problems at DCF’s regional office in Wichita. – Phillip Brownlee