Governor Hutchinson Appoints Mark White as Secretary of DHS

Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced his appointment of Mark White as the new Secretary of the Department of Human Services, filling a position that will soon be vacated by the resignation of Cindy Gillespie, which is to take effect in October. 

White is currently the Chief of Staff and Chief Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer, represents the DHS before the Arkansas Legislature and serves as a primary point of contact for other state officials and lobbyists. He was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the Arkansas Health Services Permit Commission, the announcement said.

“I have the utmost confidence in Mark to lead the Department of Human Services,” Hutchinson said. “His breadth of experience, working relationship with the legislature and his close working relationship with transfer work within DHS makes him the perfect fit to lead a department that provides critical services to children, senior citizens, and provides health care needs to the most vulnerable Arkansans.”

Mark White

He has worked with the DHS since 2013, serving in a variety of capacities including work in the Secretary’s Office, the Office of Chief Counsel and the Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services. In 2017, the governor appointed him to the Governor’s Transformation Advisory Board, which helped lay the groundwork for the major reorganization of the state government.

“I am grateful to Governor Hutchinson for the opportunity to lead the Department of Human Services as we serve the people of Arkansas. The mission of DHS is to improve the quality of life for all Arkansans by protecting the vulnerable, fostering independence and promoting better health,” White said. “Secretary Cindy Gillespie has led DHS in making great strides to pursue this mission, and I look forward to working with the Governor and the Arkansas General Assembly in continuing that good work.”


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