Charleston County DSS deputy director Darrell Morris named Employee of the Month

Darrell Morris

The South Carolina Department of Social Services’ Employee of the Month programs recognizes staff whose work exemplifies our core principles: Competence, Courage and Compassion. Darrell Morris, deputy director of Charleston County DSS, was recently named a July Employee of the Month.

“I was surprised and honored to be selected,” he said.

According to his nomination, Morris “continues to go above and beyond to support and balance the daily operations of the county office. He makes time to build connections with community partners in order to improve delivery of services to children and families in Charleston County.”

In his role as deputy director, he oversees the human services programs.

“The days are not the same because no families are the same,” Morris said. “I have an open door policy for my staff and am available more often than not to our community partners and professionals in the community. Also, I’m available to meet with the families that we serve daily.”

He said he loves the passion and the joy of his job. He loves “being around others who are just as devoted as you are to better our families and communities.”

Staff selected as part of the Employee of the Month Program are awarded lunch with the acting State Director along with other honorees, a dedicated parking space, a photo and write-up displayed at State Office and a write-up sent to their community newspaper.

Other July winners included: Shelia Bouknight, a DSS Connect Agent; Jeremy Days, supervisory special agent in charge in the Office of Inspector General; and Rhonda Goodman, human services specialist with Newberry County DSS.

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  1. Diane Desthers on December 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Dear Mr. Morris,
    Two weeks ago, two fosters, Aiden & Delila Ealy were placed in my home. Aiden is 12, 6′ & 190 lbs. and his sister is 5’5 110 lbs and 10 yrs. All was well until I found them in bed together. While I do not think it was a sexual nature, I was disturbed and told them. To this they both started to cry and told me “we always do.” They went off to school after a nasty confrontation which Aiden was agitated and confrontational with my husband. The school called (Oakbrook Middle) and told us Aiden was angry and refused to comply with school rules which ended in a school suspension. The next day was worse. This time his anger involved every administrator, school counselor, police and Mental Health staff. Special police unit for sex offenders called us for a statement. The school Mental Health person said he should be in a therapeutic setting. We are not licensed for this. We are straight Foster Parents for the past ten years. His social worker, Tamara Williams, was asked to come up to get him. Although he was returned to us and at the time of writing, no further incidence, I am desperate to get him removed. His brother is a run away and he continues to whisper instructions to his sister. I fear he will sneak out at night. I am fearful of the weekend without the structure of school. I have called Licensing, Ms. Seabrook and any others asking for a removal.
    I have not received a response – can you PLEASE help?

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