BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Governor Deval Patrick said "yes" when asked on a monthly radio show appearance if Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche had offered her resignation to him.
Patrick went on to explain that Roche made it "clear" to him she would step down, if he lost confidence in her. Patrick says he still has faith in Roche's ability to lead the embattled agency, and continues to stand by her.
"If I thought that firing the commissioner would serve the best interests of the children, I would fire the commissioner. It doesn't serve the best interests of the children and no one has indicated to me that it would," Patrick told Fox25 Friday afternoon.
For months, Roche and DCF have been under fire for losing track of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy. Authorities fear that child, Jeremiah Oliver, may be dead. Three people at DCF have been fired, but not Roche. Despite questions about accountability at DCF, Patrick has refused to call this a systemic problem. Patrick has asked the Child Welfare League of America to perform an independent review of DCF. That report is expected out in the spring.