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Patrick’s office seeks potential child welfare chief successor

Move comes amid uproar over deaths; speaker calls for commissioner’s resignation

Governor Deval Patrick’s office began seeking potential replacements Monday for the state’s child welfare commissioner, say two people with direct knowledge of the effort, a sign the governor may be heeding calls for the resignation of Olga I. Roche after months of defending her.

“They are asking people for names,” said one of two social services advocates who received a call from the governor’s office asking for potential candidates to replace Roche.

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