Department of Health and Human Services CEO Courtney Phillips leaves in mid-October.
Gov. Pete Ricketts says the search for her replacement is underway.
Ricketts says Phillips changed the culture at the Department of Health and Human Services and her successor needs to build on that work.
“We’re going to be seeking her successor to be somebody who is going to continue to build upon that legacy of changing the culture at HHS around customer orientation, really driving that high performance,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And so, we’ve hired the same recruiter that helped us find Courtney to be able to find us our next successful candidate for HHS.”
The Department of Health and Human Services is a massive department, the largest in Nebraska state government. A third of the state budget is devoted to programs administered by the divisions of HHS.
Ricketts says improvements have been made; more needs to be done.
“We’ve made a lot of improvements at Health and Human Services, but we know we’ve got more work to do to do a better job of serving our customers and making sure we’re good stewards of the taxpayer dollar.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]