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Foster care official has brush with law

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A state official who oversees the selection of foster parents was arrested earlier this year when police responded to a domestic violence call.

Police arrested Erica Jolley, 29, in February after a conflict between Jolley and her husband. She pleaded no contest in March to a disorderly conduct charge.

Jolley works for the state, overseeing workers who license foster parents.

She referred questions about the court case to her attorney, Paul Nangle. He did not return a phone call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Officials with the Department of Health and Social Services told the Anchorage Daily News they would not discuss Jolley or whether her court case affects her job.

Under state law, personnel records are confidential.

Myra Casey, field administrator with the state Office of Children's Services, said if a foster parent had similar trouble, the state would scrutinize what happened to evaluate the person's suitability to care for vulnerable children.



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