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Date Posted: 09/09/2019

Linck Leaving DHS in October

For Immediate Release:
Sept. 9, 2019

Media Contacts: 
Amy Webb
Chief of Communications

Marci Manley
Deputy Chief of Communications


Linck Leaving DHS in October


(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) --- The Deparment of Human Services’ (DHS) first Chief of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Kelley Linck announced Monday that he will be leaving the Department in October for the private sector. He also served as the Chief of Staff for DHS.

“Kelley stepped in at a time when we needed to improve our relationship with and responsiveness to the Legislature, and I am eternally grateful for the time he’s spent here and his leadership. Through his office, we have worked hard to more quickly provide elected officials with the information and answers they need to do their jobs. We also now have a constituent services unit that promptly handles inquiries from legislators and others,” DHS Secretary Cindy Gillespie said. "Kelley’s commitment to transparency and understanding of legislative processes; as well as  the importance of timely, accurate information to legislators, changed the way DHS interacted with the Arkansas General Assembly. Kelley has made a positive difference at DHS and will be sorely missed.”

Linck started at DHS in June 2016 after stepping down from his post as a State Representative from Flippin and as the chair of the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee. 

“I have loved serving the State with the people at DHS, and I will truly miss them and the mission of the Department,” Linck said. “But with the legislative session over, now is a good time for me to move on to the next chapter.”

Linck’s last day is Oct. 4. Gillespie said she has not yet selected his replacement.


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