Out-going state Ombudsman Linda Lord-Jenkins said the cases show that in the foster care system, failing to complete administrative tasks can have long-term impacts.
Kate Burkhart is starting as the state’s new ombudsman this week, replacing Linda Lord-Jenkins who held the position longer than any other investigator since the agency started in 1975.
In 1997, a Chugiak man filed a discrimination complaint against the airport. The investigation into the complaint took five years. Unhappy with its findings, he asked the state ombudsman’s office to take a second look. More than a decade later, he’s still waiting for an answer.