|May 29, 2017
HHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew Resigns Effective May 26; Deputy Commissioner Ricker Hamilton Named Interim Commissioner
Mayhew has led HHS since the beginning of the Lepage administration in 2011. She has presided over the Department during a controversial time as the Governor proposed dramatic changes to welfare rules, MaineCare requirements and eligibility and mental health policies. For over a decade prior to working in the administration, Mayhew had worked in governmental relations for the Maine Hospital Association.
On Friday, Governor LePage announced that Deputy Commissioner of Programs Ricker Hamilton will lead the Department on an interim basis while a search is conducted for a permanent commissioner. Hamilton has held a number of positions in state government for nearly forty years. Since 2013, he has managed and directed the Offices of Aging and Disability Services, Child and Family Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and Riverview Psychiatric Center. He holds a bachelor's degree from St. Anselm College and a master's degree in social work from Boston College.
Under existing state law, Hamilton can serve up to six months in an acting capacity.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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