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Mayor-Elect De Blasio Taps Gladys Carrion To Head Up Children's Services

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has appointed a state official who has worked to overhaul the juvenile justice system as the commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services.

De Blasio announced his choice of Gladys Carrion on Sunday.

Mayor-Elect De Blasio Taps Gladys Carrion To Head Up Children's Services

Carrion most recently has been working as the commissioner for the state Office of Children and Family Services. In that role, she's pushed a plan that puts juveniles in community programs instead of detention centers.

Mayor-Elect De Blasio Taps Gladys Carrion To Head Up Children's Services

"There is no responsibility more sacred than protecting the lives of children. Gladys Carrión knows just how high the stakes are in this work. She has been a conscience both inside and outside of government, one who stands up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. We are driven by the same fundamental belief that we cannot leave a single family or child behind," said de Blasio.

Carrion was born and raised in the South Bronx, and earned her law degree from New York University.

De Blasio was on the City Council in 2006 when a 7-year-old Brooklyn girl was killed by her parents. He led the committee investigating Nixzmary Brown's case.

When asked if he would appoint a Republican to post, de Blasio offered a light-hearted response before addressing the topic.

"Let's not get crazy about this diversity idea," he joked.

De Blasio went on to say that his appointments would be values based, 1010 WINS' Glenn Shuck reported.

"I haven't set a goal around Republican representation is the honest truth but we will look at any candidate and if they fit our values and our approach, you know what it's a free country and we consider Republicans too but they have to share our values. That might be a high bar for some Republicans," he said.

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