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Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley Applauds Milwaukee County Health and Human Needs Committee for Approving Shakita LaGrant-McClain’s Appointment as Director of Health and Human Services

 

By - Sep 18th, 2020 02:50 pm

MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley applauded the Milwaukee County Health and Human Needs Committee’s approval of the appointment of Shakita LaGrant-McClain as the next Director of the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

“I’m happy to see the Health and Human Needs Committee advanced the appointment of Shakita LaGrant-McClain,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “ Milwaukee County desperately needs her strong leadership and wealth of experience at DHHS as we continue to fight the pandemic and work to ensure Milwaukee County residents are healthy and remain safe.”

The Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services is one of the largest departments at Milwaukee County with over 800 employees serving across several divisions. Appointed in August, LaGrant-McClain has been with DHHS since 2013, where she served as the Program Coordinator for the Disability Resource Center, analyzing and developing policies for the department. In May of this year, Ms. LaGrant-McClain became Interim Director of Health and Human Services and Interim Director of the Department on Aging where she has focused on ensuring residents can access the services they need without running into barriers.

Shakita LaGrant-McClain’s appointment is subject to confirmation from the entire County Board on September 24th.  Should the County Board confirm the current recommendations next cycle, 46 percent of Milwaukee County department heads would be women and over half of department heads would be African-American – up from 31 percent when County Executive Crowley was sworn-in in May.

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