New DHS Secretary Begins Job

On August 22, Linda Seemeyer started her new role as Secretary of Department of Health Services.

Earlier in August, Governor Walker appointed Seemeyer to lead the agency because of her experience in health and human services at the county level and her career in management.  Secretary Seemeyer’s past experience includes serving as the Director of the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services for eight years. In addition, she led the Milwaukee County Department of Administrative Services and served in the Thompson and McCallum administrations.

With the legislature out of session, it is expected Secretary Seemeyer will face the Senate hearing and confirmation in 2017.

The Department of Health Services has an annual budget nearing $10 million and a staff of over 6,100 employees. Putting together a budget for this agency will be one of the Secretary’s first endeavors as agency budgets are due to the governor by September 15.