Governor Asa Hutchinson announced recently that Cindy Gillespie, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, is resigning. She has served as secretary for six years, but, citing a need to be with her family, will vacate the position in October.
“In 2016, when Governor Hutchinson offered me the role leading the Arkansas Department of Human Services, I could not have imagined all that would happen in the coming years, nor did I realize how quickly Arkansas would become my home and the employees at DHS become my family. The last six years have been the most challenging and rewarding of my career and I am extraordinarily proud of all the incredible DHS team has accomplished over these years. ‘We care, we act, we change lives’ is more than a motto at DHS – it’s truly the mission my co-workers live each day as they go to work in our facilities, our offices, and in the homes of families and individuals in need.”
Before her appointment by Hutchinson, Gillespie held a variety of positions in politics and law. She was a Principal in the Washington D.C. office of Denton, one of the world’s largest legal firms, in their Public Policy and Regulation practice, as well as being a leader of their Health Policy and Health Insurance Exchange teams. She has worked as a senior advisor to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney; a senior executive for the Salt Lake Olympic Committee, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics; a director at the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, which hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics, and was recognized for her leadership in developing partnerships between federal, state and local forms of government with private organizing committees.
“Cindy Gillespie has given the state of Arkansas her experience, management capabilities and the right ideas that have led us in a great direction,” Hutchinson said. “She is a great friend, and she is truly passionate about making a difference in the lives of Arkansans every day.”
Her last day in the DHS office will be Oct. 7, 2022, and Hutchinson will announce her successor at a later date.