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Virginia official to lead Nebraska Health and Human Services

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 12:57:25-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A social services director from Virginia has been chosen to serve as the next leader of Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services.

Governor Pete Ricketts announced Tuesday he has selected Dannette R. Smith to serve as the agency's new chief executive officer.

Smith was selected through a national search. Governor Ricketts' office says she has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience, most recently as the director of the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services.

Smith has previously held jobs in Washington state, Georgia, and North Carolina. She will earn $220,000 annually in Nebraska.