Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals for Louisiana to be the new Chief Executive Officer of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Courtney Phillips must be confirmed by the Unicameral.
Ricketts launched high-profile national searches for both the Department of Correctional Services and DHHS, two agencies that came under intense fire in the last couple of years of the administration of Gov. Dave Heineman.
Gov. Ricketts’ office says Phillips served as Chief Operating Officer of the Louisiana DHH and chaired the department’s Human Services Interagency Council. Phillips managed state programs for mental illness, developmental disabilities, aging, public health, and the deaf.
Philips began her career in the Louisiana DHH in 2003.
Phillips is currently a doctoral student in Public Policy at Southern University.
“It is an honor to serve as the next CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services,” said Courtney Phillips in a written statement released by Gov. Ricketts’ office. “As I work with Governor Ricketts to craft a strategic plan for the department, our focus will be driven by our mission to help Nebraskans live better lives.”
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has six divisions. It is the largest state agency with approximately 6,000 employees, operating on a $3.5 billion budget.
Phillips takes office on April 2, 2015. Her salary will be $200,000, according to the governor’s office.