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Williams to Join DHS Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs


For Immediate Release

Nov. 30, 2018

Media Contact: 
Marci Manley
Deputy Chief of Communications



Williams to Join DHS Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Friday that former State Representative Jeff Williams would be joining the agency’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs as Deputy Chief of Legislative Affairs.

“Jeff brings a long history of public service to our agency, and his time as a leader in the military gave him experience in developing common goals, communicating with key stakeholders, and finding solutions,” said Kelley Linck, Chief of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. “We have a lot of transformations underway at DHS, including in the Division of Youth Services’ approach to juvenile justice and our ongoing efforts to serve families through our Division of Children and Family Services. Jeff’s passion and dedication to children and families make him a great fit for the DHS team.”

Williams was elected to the Arkansas General Assembly in 2016 to represent District 89 in Northwest Arkansas. During his time in the legislature, he focused on improving the lives of children and families. Williams was the lead Arkansas House sponsor on a resolution encouraging the state to offer ARKids First state-sponsored health coverage to children who lawfully migrate to the United States from the Marshall Islands.

He spent more than 20 years in the United States Army, specializing in psychological operations. Those operations were geared toward building relationships and understanding the needs of domestic and international partners across the globe.

Williams submitted his letter of resignation on Friday, November 30. He is also dissolving his personal business to continue public service in this new role. 

His first day at DHS will be December 3. The Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs works with legislators and others to address constituent concerns or questions regarding DHS policies and programs. The office also works to coordinate with other state agencies, and it serves as the point of contact for the Bureau of Legislative Research.



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