MIAMI, Fla. -- A state official says Florida's child welfare secretary resigned because of growing dissension with the agency's private contractors as he worked to overhaul the agency.
The official familiar with the situation spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the person was not authorized to discuss the circumstances of the resignation publicly.
David Wilkins abruptly resigned from the Department of Children and Families on Thursday but says he'll continue to help children in the private sector. He has declined to publicly discuss the circumstances of his resignation.
Wilkins was in the process of dramatically overhauling the role of child protective investigators. But the agency's powerful coalition of private contractors balked at the changes and accused Wilkins of trying to exert too much control over them as he renegotiated their contracts.