Governor Lee Announces Leadership Transition at Ministry of Children’s Services

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the appointment of Margie Quin as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS), effective September 1. Quin will succeed Jennifer Nichols, who has served the department since 2019.

“Jennifer is a committed public servant who has faithfully served Tennesseans since the beginning of my administration, and her leadership has been crucial in our work to ensure that every child in our state has a forever, loving home,” Lee said. “As we continue these efforts, I am confident that Margie’s experience in the nonprofit and law enforcement sectors will benefit the children of Tennessee and their families.”

Quin is currently the CEO of End Slavery Tennessee, a nonprofit organization focused on efforts to end human trafficking. Quin has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, including two decades as a special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Quin received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his master’s degree from Cumberland University.

Nichols came to DCS after two decades as a prosecutor who tried numerous child abuse, child homicide and high profile cases, the last being the murder of Holly Bobo. While Nichols was commissioner, the department’s child protective services division was restructured to include specialist teams trained for triage and immediate response to crises involving serious physical abuse of children. Nichols also implemented ChildStat, a statewide initiative that increases transparency and accountability by measuring and analyzing multiple data points for an integrated response of juvenile justice, children’s programs, child protection services and legal teams. During Nichols’ tenure as commissioner, DCS, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Courts Administrative Office, with the support of the Legislature, more than doubled the number of safe baby courts in the country. Tennessee, Specialty Collaborative Courts that provide resources and support for parents and babies ages zero to three.

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