Leaders of state government’s largest agency say that the appointment of a new acting division chief earlier this year - as part of a major reorganization - is now permanent. Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Kevin Quigley said Bill Moss is now assistant secretary of the Aging and Long-term Support Administration, a new subdivision in the mega-agency.
The move last week was one in a series of steps to remake the agency. Since Gov. Jay Inslee appointed him earlier this year, Quigley has broken apart one of its largest divisions, the Aging and Disability Services Administration, into three specialty divisions – each dealing separately with the elderly, mentally ill or developmentally disabled.
The agency said in a news release that Moss worked for DSHS for 20 years before his appointment as acting assistant secretary in February. He had been deputy secretary for the former long-term care division that was broken up.
The announcement follows the earlier appointment of assistant secretaries to lead the two other new divisions that had been in the Aging and Disability Services.
Jane Beyer, who had served as assistant secretary for the entire division before its break-up, is serving as assistant secretary in charge of the Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration. Evelyn Perez serves as assistant secretary in charge of the Developmental Disabilities Division.
DSHS is a complicated agency serving difficult populations, and it has been the target of several lawmakers’ proposals over the years to break it up. But none of those proposals has ever moved far.
When he announced the larger restructuring in February, Quigley said in a statement:
“Gov. Inslee has made it clear that we need to do more to meet our obligations to children and families in Washington … This realignment of leadership and accountability will help the Department meet its broad and complex responsibilities while following the governor's direction that state government must operate more efficiently and produce measurable results.”
In a news release announcing Moss's permanent appointment last week, Quigley said:
“I could not be happier that Bill will be leading this key administration for the long haul.... With Bill, it is always about how he can give credit, not take credit. He is always about team building, not going it alone, and he is unflaggingly considerate. Bill has that unique ability to truly listen and focus on the specific needs of one individual and also understand and respond to the service needs of large groups of people across many systems.”