Local official placed on leave

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By David Giuliani

A top local official in the state Children, Youth and Families Department has been placed on paid leave, a department spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

Audra Salas, the county manager for the department’s Protective Services Division, has been on leave for the last couple of weeks, spokeswoman Romaine Serna said.

Serna said because it’s a personnel matter, she couldn’t provide any more details.

The Protective Services Division deals with child welfare issues such as abuse and neglect. It also handles the foster kids program.

Salas’ number couldn’t be found in the local phonebook.