HELENA — The leader of one of Montana’s largest state agencies will be stepping down later this summer.
Gov. Greg Gianforte’s administration announced in a statement Thursday morning that Adam Meier, the director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, will leave his role on August 12, citing an “ongoing family health issue.”
He will be replaced by Charlie Brereton, currently DPHHS chief of staff and a health care policy advisor for Gianforte.
“I am grateful to Governor Gianforte for the opportunity to lead an amazing team of dedicated public servants working to improve service to Montana’s most vulnerable populations,” Director Meier said. “Despite navigating many challenges, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished during the first 18 months of the Gianforte administration. DPHHS is well-positioned to continue addressing issues that have long plagued the health and human services ecosystem here in Montana. While this is an unexpected turn in my tenure as director, I have the utmost confidence that our progress will continue under Charlie’s leadership.”
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(Editor’s Note) Governor Gianforte was asked numerous times to appoint Dr. Al Olzsewski as the head of the DPHHS right after Gianforte stepped into office.