State didn't review Proffitt's troubled background

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Mar 30, 2012 at 3:16 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Department of Human Services officials did not thoroughly screen David Proffitt before hiring him as head of Minnesota's largest hospital for the mentally ill and dangerous.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports ( that officials did not talk to his former supervisors, do a criminal background check, or look into his educational background before hiring him last August. Officials tell MPR if they had, it's possible Proffitt would not have been hired.

Proffitt was forced to resign as head of Minnesota Security Hospital this week, amid complaints over his management style.

MPR reports a deeper screening would have shown red flags, including a prior assault arrest and misleading claims about his education.

DHS Deputy Commissioner Anne Barry has vowed to change the way the agency vets top job applicants.

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