Gov. Pete Ricketts says the search for a new CEO for the Department of Health and Human Services continues and might get a boost now that we’re past the mid-term elections.
Ricketts says his administration began its search prior to the elections.
“We’ve hired Ted Ford Webb Associates to help source candidates, both external and internal,” Ricketts tells reporters. “With the election, obviously we think there are additional candidates out there. So, we are working to source those. I don’t have an update for you, but I can tell you we’re working to try to get that search wrapped up as quickly as possible.”
Ricketts says the elections might impact the search in a couple of ways. First, he won re-election, making the position more stable. Second, some governors lost which could lead qualified candidates to consider the opening in Nebraska.
“Well, we were planning on pursuing getting a CEO hired regardless, because we need that person to help us run the Department of Health and Human Services,” Ricketts says. “I think the way the election impacted it is there are people now who are going to be available who maybe weren’t available before November 6th.”
Ricketts says some governors lost their re-election bids, which could prompt some qualified candidates to consider Nebraska.
“If you already have a job and the governor you were working for didn’t win re-election then maybe you’re starting to look for a new job.”
DHHS CEO Courtney Phillips left the state in mid-October for a similar position in Texas.
Ricketts named DHHS Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel Bo Botelho as the interim CEO until the national search is completed.