Rhode Island health and human services secretary resigning

Womazetta Jones is leaving her role as Rhode Island Health and Human Services secretary, The Providence Journal reported March 7.

Ms. Jones, who has served in the role since July 2019, submitted her resignation to take effect May 1.

"Although I would have loved to continue to lead … through a post-pandemic phase, personal obligations require me to be more available and close to my family in the Midwest," Ms. Jones wrote in her resignation letter, according to The Providence Journal.

Ms. Jones, a Chicago native, previously served as the director of social services for Ramsey County in Minnesota.

In her current role, she oversees departments that administer the state's health and social service programs.

In a statement announcing Ms. Jones' resignation, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee said: "Secretary Jones' tenure leading the Executive Office of Health and Human Services has been defined not only by her experience and thoughtful leadership, but also by her passion and advocacy for the communities she serves," according to The Providence Journal.

The governor also cited her efforts to begin action to address long-standing issues at Cranston, R.I.-based Eleanor Slater Hospital, which has faced financial and other issues.

Mr. McKee said an interim replacement for Ms. Jones will be named by the time she departs.

Ms. Jones is leaving her role following the previous departures of the permanent leaders of the Department of Health; the Department of Children, Youth and Families; and the Department of Human Services, according to TV station WPRI

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