New Child Welfare Chief Announced

City Hall

A family court judge from Queens has been appointed commissioner of the city's Administration for Children's Services, one day after John Mattingly announced he was stepping down from the position.

Mayor Bloomberg announced Wednesday Judge Ronald E. Richter will be replacing Mattingly. Richter was last appointed by Bloomberg to the Family Court bench in 2009, where he has been adjudicating cases dealing with child abuse, neglect and custodial cases.

Before that, Richter, who lives in Long Island City, Queens, served as Family Services Coordinator in the Bloomberg administration and as deputy commissioner for ACS under  Mattingly.

"Six years ago, John Mattingly hired Ron as a Deputy ACS Commissioner, and together, they instituted major reforms that made the agency far more effective," Bloomberg said in a prepared statement. "Now, Ron will build on that progress and help us do even more to protect our City's most vulnerable children."

Mattingly, who presided over some difficult times at the city's child welfare agency, announced Tuesday he was resigning after seven years on the job. He cited his wife's illness as the reason for his departure.

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