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Published August 30, 2013, 05:38 PM

Residents voice approval after decision to fire Spirit Lake Social Services Director

The decision to fire Spirit Lake interim social services director Paul Hutchinson has been drawing praise from people who have had issues with Tribal Social Services in the past. They say they hope the agency can move in a new direction now that Hutchinson is gone.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The decision to fire Spirit Lake interim social services director Paul Hutchinson has been drawing praise from people who have had issues with Tribal Social Services in the past. They say they hope the agency can move in a new direction now that Hutchinson is gone.

We talked to two people Friday who say Hutchinson refused to listen to concerns they had about tribal children. The tribal council agreed to fire Hutchinson after a meeting on Monday.

Jesse Ramey Gillem says Hutchinson refused to look at possible evidence of abuse against her grandchild on the reservation, and filed a complaint against him with the North Dakota Social Worker Licensing Board. Marva Tollefson says Hutchinson never offered an explanation after he took her four foster kids from her in May.

"The children need to be safe. Every one of them. It doesn't matter who it is, they need to be safe and they need to be in a safe home," said Tollefson. "If it's not this one, I pray it's another one."

Hutchinson's last day at Tribal Social Services was today. He didn't reply to a message asking for a comment.

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