Nebraska gets new head of state child welfare services

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen an Indiana public health official to oversee Nebraska's public child welfare services, the governor's office announced Wednesday.

Ricketts appointed Stephanie Beasley as the next director of the state Division of Children and Family Services, a part of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Beasley currently works as the chief operating officer of Adult & Child Health in central Indiana.

“Stephanie will be a great asset to the department,” Rickettts said. “She has expansive front line and executive experience that will serve the division well as she works with staff, as they help childre and families live better lives.”

Beasley is a graduate of Indiana University, where she received her bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and sociology and her master of social work. She began her career in child welfare, providing direct services to children and families in Indiana.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO Dannette Smith said Beasley “is a real find for us."