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Closed-door meeting at MSARC

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A major shake-up at the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center was announced Wednesday at a closed-door meeting about staffing shortages and missing money.

A source tells Action News 5 that Memphis' Chief Administrative Officer, Keith McGee, and the new manager of the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center, Doctor Betty Winters, held the meeting at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Counselors, nurses, advocates and office administrators were present at the meeting, which was held at the MSARC building on Union Extended.

The insider said McGee told the group that MSARC is no longer under the city's Public Services and Neighborhoods division, and that the director of that division, Ken Moody, and the deputy director, Yalanda McFadgon, have been removed from the program. 

A city spokesperson said City Attorney Elbert Jefferson will now oversee MSARC.

Earlier this week, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton announced LeBonheur Children's Medical Center would handle the forensic medical examinations for alleged child rape victims.

The source said at the meeting Wednesday, employees asked how LeBonheur would take over MSARC's child sex assault cases, since pediatric forensic exams are very complicated.

The source said Doctor Winters told those assembled she would be meeting with everyone involved in the program to iron out those details.

The source said MSARC is actively working to hire more nurses, calling people who used to work there, doing background checks and fingerprinting new hires.  In the meantime, the source said, LeBonheur is learning how to conduct forensic exams, setting up guidelines, securing equipment and seeking out trained people.

City officials have not confirmed that Moody and McFadgen were removed from MSARC, but the city's website now shows Winters as the MSARC contact.

CAO Keith McGee said the city is doing everything it can to right the situation at the center.

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