Governor Doug Burgum appointed Christopher Jones to head the State Department of Human Services.
According to Burgum’s office Jones brings 19 years of experience in health services operations, strategy, technology and consulting to his new role as DHS Executive Director.
Jones currently works as a division senior vice president of strategy and business development for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), an enterprise with more than $15 billion in annual revenue and over 100 hospitals across 18 states, including CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck.
“Chris Jones possesses the leadership, experience and strategic planning skills that we need as the Department of Human Services adjusts to budget constraints and growing demand for social services,” Burgum said. “His input and expertise will be crucial as we work to reinvent DHS and all of state government to make it more efficient and responsive to taxpayers.”
Jones is a graduate of Bismarck Century High School. He replaces Maggie Anderson who resigned her position prior to Burgum taking office.
Jones is also active in community health, serving as a board member of the Bismarck Cancer Center and Bismarck-Mandan Face It Together, an initiative that engages various stakeholders and sectors to fight drug and alcohol addiction. He most recently chaired the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s subcommittee on behvaioral health.
“My professional and personal experience working with large health care systems and smaller community organizations has given me a broad perspective on the human services needs of North Dakotans, and I will strive to ensure that DHS meets those demands to better the lives of everyone in our state,” Jones said.
Jones officially joins the department on February 27th.