Governor appoints new leader for Wisconsin Department of Health Services


Gov. Tony Evers has named the chief of Milwaukee’s well being division as the brand new secretary of the Wisconsin Division of Well being Providers.

The governor introduced the appointment of Kirsten Johnson Monday. She’s going to take over management of the division on Feb. 27, and fills the emptiness left by the resignation of former DHS Secretary Karen Timberlake. Timberlake introduced her resignation late final 12 months, leaving the division efficient Jan. 2.

Johnson has labored in public well being for 20 years. Earlier than working in Milwaukee, she led the Washington Ozaukee Public Well being Division for greater than a decade. She additionally labored prior to now as a well being coverage fellow and advisor for former U.S. Rep. Ron Form, as a program supervisor for the Wholesome Wisconsin Management Institute on the Medical Faculty of Wisconsin and as a well being training volunteer with the Peace Corps. She had introduced final month that she deliberate to depart the Milwaukee place in early March.

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“I’ve little question that her wealth of expertise in public well being, in addition to her dedication to lowering disparities in well being so each Wisconsinite can stay their finest and fullest life, will serve the Division and our state properly,” Evers acknowledged.

Timberlake led the division for 2 years earlier than stepping down. Like a number of of Evers’ different cupboard members, her appointment was by no means confirmed by the Republican-led state Senate. Johnson additionally will function appearing secretary except she is confirmed by senators.