Gov. Elect DeWine Picks People To Help Him Lead The State

Jan 10, 2019

Gov. Elect Mike DeWine has nominated leaders for 14 more state departments under his administration. The Senate gets the final say. But many of them have decades of experience in the field their agencies will deal with.

Longtime Republican state Sen. Randy Gardner will be chancellor of Higher Education. Lori Criss will be director of the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services – she’s been working with behavioral health providers for 20 years. Veteran Department of Transportation administrator Jack Marchbanks is the pick for ODOT director. DeWine says many qualified people will be part of his team.

“We have people who are making significant sacrifices, either monetarily or otherwise," DeWine says.

Some, like Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran, have served under Democratic administrations. Gov. John Kasich’s Insurance Director Jillian Froment will stay on, and his former Adjutant General Deborah Ashenhurst would head Veterans Services. And with a number of women and minority appointees, the cabinet could be the most diverse in state history.

Here's a complete list of the people DeWine nominated today:

Ursel McElroy, Nominee for Director of the Department of Aging

Dorothy Pelanda, Nominee for Director of the Department of Agriculture

Jeffrey Davis, Nominee for the Director of the Department of Developmental Disabilities

Randy Gardner, Nominee for Chancellor of the Department of Higher Education

Jillian Froment, Nominee for Director of the Department of Insurance

Kimberly Hall, Nominee for the Director of Jobs and Family Services

Lori Criss, Nominee for Director of the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Maureen Corcoran, Nominee for Director of the Department of Medicaid

Jack Marchbanks, Nominee for Director of the Department of Transportation

Major General (Retired) Deborah Ashenhurst, Nominee for Director of the Department of Veterans Services

Ryan Gies, Nominee for Director of the Department of Youth Services

Stephanie McCloud, Nominee for Administrator of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Laurie Stevenson, Nominee Director of the Environmental Protection Agency

Andy Wilson, Senior Advisor for Criminal Justice Policy