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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas Department of Human Services official who addressed an array of problems in the state's juvenile justice program says he will retire.

    Ron Angel announced Thursday that he intends to start retirement on June 1.

    The 66-year-old Angel was brought aboard in 2007 to address problems at the state's youth lockups that included child suicides, poor education and safety violations.

    Angel worked to improve educational and behavioral health services, cut the number of state facilities and added improved school facilities. His work enabled the agency to come out from under years of federal oversight.

    DHS Director John Selig says Angel was hired from the military and has strong leadership skills. Selig says he wants similar qualities in Angel's replacement.

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