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Griffin Concludes Review of DHS, Will Provide Recommendations to Governor

March 01, 2016

Says, ‘over an 8-week period, I met with over 185 individuals’ and ‘will continue to meet with Arkansans’                                                                                                 

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin issued the following statement after he concluded his review of the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS):

“In December of 2015, Governor Hutchinson asked me to lead an organizational review of DHS and provide him with recommendations. In early January, I began personally interviewing individuals with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Over an 8-week period, I met with over 185 individuals, including concerned constituents, current and former DHS employees, elected officials and staff members, and other individuals with knowledge of the Department. During the review, I visited several county offices and heard first-hand accounts of what DHS does well, what it does poorly, and how we can make DHS better serve hardworking Arkansas taxpayers. I look forward to providing my recommendations to the governor in the coming days.

“The need for reform is ongoing. As I have done since day one of my term in office, I will continue to meet with Arkansans who are interested in reforming state government, including DHS. My door is always open.”

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and completed his second term 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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