The director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS) is leaving her position after nine years of services. Molly McGrath Tierney made the announcement on Friday.
In 2014, Tierney resigned from the agency to take a consulting job, only to return 10 months later to head the Department of Social Services. This time her announcement came without an explanation and a departure date. Tierney alerted staff of her resignation through an email dated August 18.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings and Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Tierney to head BCDSS in 2007. In just five years with the agency, Tierney said the number of Baltimore children in foster care had dropped by almost 60 percent. But, she continued to warn that foster care placement could potentially cause damage.
In 2016, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office and city’s Office of Inspector General received two complaints about Tierney’s handling of child welfare cases. It has not been confirmed if those complaints prompted any investigation.
As of Friday, the agency had not named Tierney’s successor to lead the Department of Social Services.