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Washington DSHS director to leave at year’s end

The head of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services will step down at the end of the year to lead a national nonprofit social services organization.

Susan Dreyfus will become CEO of the Milwaukee based Families International Inc., the office of Gov. Chris Gregoire announced on Wednesday.

“Her departure is a loss to our state and to my team, who has come to rely on her insight and constant drive,” Gregoire said. “I understand and respect her personal and professional decision to return home to Wisconsin and continue her work at the national level and am glad she will remain through the special legislative session to tackle yet another unimaginable challenge.”

Gregoire appointed Dreyfus DSHS secretary in May 2009, and she has led the department through a series of budget cuts as the state faced declining revenues.

Dreyfus will appear at a town hall meeting in Spokane Valley at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday to discuss the latest round of reductions ordered by the governor. The meeting is at DSHS offices, 8517 E. Trent Ave., Suite 101.

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