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Ohio Department Of Job And Family Services Director Stepping Down

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Kim Henderson is leaving her post on March 8.
Jo Ingles
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Kim Henderson is leaving her post on March 8.

The head of the state agency that oversees Ohio’s embattled unemployment system is stepping down.

Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director Kim Henderson will move to North Carolina with her new husband and will step down March 8.

“At that time, our current director of administrative services, Matt Damschroder, will move in as interim director at Jobs and Family Services," DeWine says.

DeWine says Henderson will serve in an advisory role until the end of April.

The agency has been overwhelmed trying to process over 1 million COVID-19-related unemployment claims – more than the total in the last six years, and with many flagged as potentially fraudulent.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.