New CEO Named At Beatrice Center

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BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) -- A longtime employee at the Beatrice State Developmental Center has been named chief executive officer.

Delvin Koch was named to the post last week. He replaces Dan Howell, who abruptly resigned in August after only three years on the job. Howell declined to say publicly why he quit.

Koch has worked 32 years at the center for developmentally disabled people.

BSDC says it received more than 25 applications for the CEO position.

The center has been recovering from the aftermath of a federal inspection that uncovered about 200 cases of neglect and abuse of the center's developmentally disabled residents from late 2006 to late 2007.

The center reeled again last year, after newer cases surfaced. Five workers were convicted of various charges.