County Executive Chris Abele
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Abele Thanks County Board Committee and Chairman for Unanimous Support of Mary Jo Meyers

Health and Human Needs Committee votes 5-0 in favor of confirming acting head of County Department of Health and Human Services

By - May 16th, 2018 12:58 pm
Mary Jo Meyers. Photo from Milwaukee County.

Mary Jo Meyers. Photo from Milwaukee County.

MILWAUKEE, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on Wednesday thanked Committee Chairman Supreme Moore Omokunde and the County Board Health and Human Needs (HHN) Committee for its unanimous support toward confirming Mary Jo Meyers to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

“Mary Jo has been serving and driving innovation at DHHS for 34 years, and I am grateful to the HHN Committee for its strong recognition of her qualifications and leadership,” said Abele. “Mary Jo has shown a tireless commitment to advocating for the underserved, building strong partnerships to empower safe, healthy, meaningful lives and serving all of Milwaukee County with the highest integrity. She cares deeply about the people we serve, and she always has an eye toward finding the best outcomes.”

Prior to being named as acting director of DHHS in January, Meyers served as director of Children’s Services and Wraparound Milwaukee in the Behavioral Health Division, where she helped to oversee the launch and implementation of programs such as the County’s Mobile Urgent Treatment Team and Trauma Response Team. Among other accolades, she was recognized by the American Public Human Services Association for Outstanding Training Education and Leadership in 2016.

Meyers’ appointment remains subject to confirmation by the full County Board of Supervisors. The next Board meeting is scheduled for May 24.

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