Gillespie steps down after six years as head of Arkansas DHS


Cindy Gillespie is stepping down as director of the Department of Human Services, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced in a September 15 press release. She will step down on October 7. The statement said Hutchinson will announce his successor at a later date.

The press release did not give a reason for Gillespie’s departure. He quoted her as saying, “Although it’s bittersweet to leave, I appreciate that the governor understands that family should always come first, so I will have to leave in October.”

Hutchinson brought Gillespie to Arkansas in 2016. She had served as a senior adviser to Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, where she oversaw initiatives in the executive branch of the Romney administration and helped develop the government’s health care reforms. ‘State. Previously, she served as a senior member of the committee responsible for hosting the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and director of the nonprofit committee hosting the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

His last job before coming to Arkansas was Director in the Washington D.C. office of Dentons’ Public Policy and Regulatory Practice. She also led her exchange teams on health policy and health insurance. The Columbus, Georgia native graduated from Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville and has a master’s degree from Auburn University.

Arkansas Department of Social Services Director Cindy Gillespie

“In 2016, when Governor Hutchinson offered me to lead the Arkansas Department of Social Services, I could not have imagined all that would happen in the years to come, or realized how quickly Arkansas would become my home and DHS employees would become my family,” she said in the statement.

“The past six years have been the most challenging and rewarding of my career, and I am extremely proud of everything the incredible team at DHS has accomplished over those years. “We care, we do, we Changing Lives” is more than a motto at DHS. It is truly the mission that my colleagues live every day as they go to work in our facilities, our offices, and in the homes of families and individuals in need.


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