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Ducey Appoints Temporary Director Of Arizona DES

Governor Doug Ducey has appointed a new temporary director to the Arizona Department of Economic Security. He’s former Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Director Tom Betlach.

He will rejoin the administration on a temporary special assignment to lead the Department of Economic Security.   According to a news release from the governor’s office, Betlach’s leadership comes from 27 years working for the state of Arizona, including nine years leading AHCCCS and eight as the agency’s deputy director, before retiring in 2018.

Betlach will lead the agency for 75 days, while Director Dr. Cara Christ leads Arizona’s response to COVID-19. His first day will be March 20th, 2020.

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