DHR Commissioner submits resignation

By John Shryock - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Human Resources Commissioner, Dr. Page Walley, has resigned.

On Tuesday morning Walley announced he would stepped down from the position and delivered a letter of resignation to Governor Bob Riley announcing his intentions.

In the letter, the DHR commissioner praises the department, " I am proud of what the dedicated employees at DHR have accomplished; and, I believe the Agency is well positioned to continue to make progress toward its vision of providing the premier social welfare programs in our region."

"Commissioner Walley has done a fantastic job leading DHR as a member of my Cabinet.  After years of court oversight and turmoil, Alabama's DHR is today recognized as a national leader in child services," Governor Riley said in a statement.

Walley is taking a position as Managing Director of Seattle, Washington based Casey Family Programs. CFP is a multi-billion dollar foundation that helps children in foster care.

"I want you [Governor Riley] to know that Casey Family Programs...has been so impressed with Alabama's work in the child welfare area that they have agreed to make Birmingham their Southeastern hub," Walley announced in the letter.

Walley says CFP originally planned to create the hub somewhere else but, "Casey became convinced that Alabama's example and commitment to our shared vision merited locating here."

And Alabama will benifit from the move as well, "This new base of operations will allow Casey Family Programs both to invest in Alabama's child welfare work and to export this model to other jurisdictions in the Southeast and nationally," Walley says.

Alabama will remain home for Walley once his new job starts; his last day on the job as DHR Commissioner is September 1.