Montana Governor Greg Gianforte announced his nomination earlier this week of Adam Meier to lead the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
“With his strong background as an effective leader and change agent, Adam will bring greater transparency, accountability and efficiency to DPHHS as it serves Montanans,” said Gov. Gianforte in a release.
Meier, a Fort Thomas resident, served on Fort Thomas City Council before taking a role in 2015 as Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Matt Bevin in Kentucky, responsible for oversight and coordination for all policy matters. From May 2018 through December 2019, Meier led the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) as secretary. He was responsible for strategic planning and daily operational oversight of a cabinet with more than 8,000 employees and an annual budget of over $14 billion.
“I am humbled and honored to join the outstanding team Governor Gianforte has assembled, along with the dedicated and talented DPHHS workforce,” Meier said. “While we are excited about what lies ahead, it is certainly bittersweet to leave the place we have called home for the last seven years. Laura, myself and our kids are grateful to have been a part of the Fort Thomas community. We have created amazing memories and even better friendships here in Kentucky and we intend to continue those friendships regardless of where live.”
Kim Moser, Health and Family Services Committee Chair in the Kentucky House of Representatives said she worked with Meier closely on a number of issues.
"He demonstrated great organizational leadership, policy innovation and fiscal discipline navigating a very challenging budget during his time as cabinet secretary. He is someone whose opinion on such matters I always valued, and he cares deeply about the mission and the populations being served. Adam will be a great asset to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.”
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Meier's wife, Laura, is also involved in the community in Fort Thomas, having served on the Woodfill Elementary PTO, including two years as its President. She also served as as both a volunteer and later the executive director of the Fort Thomas Education Foundation.
Meier will report to Montana to begin his role in the coming days.