West Virginia

Department of
Health & Human Resources

Deputy Secretaries Announced for DHHR Restructuring


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling today appointed three deputy secretaries effective May 1, 2014, as part of a restructuring effort of the department.
Molly Jordan will serve as Deputy Secretary of Health Services overseeing the Bureau for Public Health and the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities; Harold Clifton will serve as Deputy Secretary of Human Services overseeing the Bureau for Children and Families and the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement; and Jeremiah Samples will serve as Deputy Secretary of Public Insurance and Strategic Planning overseeing the Bureau for Medical Services, the Office of Health Improvement, and Grant Strategy.
"This restructuring is in response to the 2013 Public Works audit of the Department," Bowling said. "I have complete confidence in these appointments as we move forward with the important work of DHHR in an efficient and stream-lined manner. This highly competent and dedicated team will support me in my effort as cabinet secretary to ensure the mission of DHHR of improving the health and well-being of West Virginians."
Jordan has served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Programs and Policy for DHHR since February 2011 and as Inspector General for nine years. Prior to that, she worked the private sector in long-term health care services and administration. Jordan will serve in the position of Deputy Secretary until her retirement June 30, 2014. Bowling will be actively looking to fill this position on a permanent basis.
Since 2010, Clifton has served as Director of Human Resources Management for DHHR, and was previously the Director of Employee Management. He has 32 years of service in state government in social services and human resources including serving as a Community Services Manager.
Samples has served as DHHR Assistant Secretary since July 2013, and previously served as Director of Health Policy for the West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commissioner, and assisted with health policy strategic planning for the Governor’s Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning (GOHELP).

Contact Information

Allison C. Adler ■ DHHR Director of Communications ■ (304) 558-7899 ■ allison.c.adler@wv.gov