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Griffin to Lead Review of DHS

December 17, 2015

Says, ‘honored to assist the governor in his review…so that we can all better serve the people of Arkansas’

LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that Griffin will lead the effort for an organizational review of the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS):

"I am honored to assist the governor in his review of the Department of Human Services so that we can all better serve the people of Arkansas and be better stewards of taxpayer dollars."

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“As we continue the search for the next director of DHS, it’s important we take a look at the organizational structure to achieve any new possible efficiencies. I have asked the Lieutenant Governor to lead this effort, because I know he will conduct a substantive review of the department at this critical time and will do so with integrity and the due diligence needed.”

Background:

As part of the review, Governor Hutchinson has asked Lt. Governor Griffin to assess the organizational structure of DHS and look at any duplicative services. The review will also include identifying ways to achieve greater efficiencies and areas needing to be strengthened if they currently lack sufficient resources.

The timeline for completion of the DHS organizational review is set for March 1, 2016, as the new DHS director assumes his role. The project does not include a review of the IT structure or contracts. Those areas will be reviewed separately by the Governor’s Office and the legislature.

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 19 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

 

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