Mayor appoints David Hansell to head ACS
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday appointed David Hansell as the new commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services.
Hansell is joining the child welfare agency after working for close to five years in the private sector for auditing giant KPMG. He also served for two years in the Administration for Children and Families on the federal level.
Hansell outlined a plan with a top-to-bottom review of the agency's protective and preventative functions that include reviewing reform proposals and areas for expedited reforms, and identifying opportunities for closer collaboration with the NYPD.
The shakeup comes after three high-profile cases in Brooklyn involving the deaths of children allegedly at the hands of or under the watch of their parents.
Most recently, investigators say Brownsville mother Zarah Coombs confessed to beating her 4-year-old son Zamair to death. According to relatives, the mother snapped after becoming aggravated with the boy.
In early December, police say 3-year-old Jaden Jordan was beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend, who is facing murder charges.
One-month-old Nichelle Warring died after suffering bruises all over her body. Her death was ruled a homicide last week, and her parents are considered suspects.
Hansell will formally assume his new role on March 6.