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New DHS Director Announced

Posted on 10/28/2019
New DHS Director AnnouncedToday, by resolution, the Board of Commissioners named Jamie Ulrich the new Director of the Department of Human Services (DHS), effective January 16, 2020. Ulrich, who has served as the Deputy Director of the department since 2016, has spent the past three years under the mentorship of current director Judy Griego.

“We are sad to see Judy Griego go. She’s done an outstanding job for over four decades,” said Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer.

Griego, who has been with the county for more than 43 years, was instrumental in selecting Ulrich as her deputy and implementing the department’s succession plan.

“This department is the most complex in the county,” said Kirkmeyer. “The numerous divisions, responsibilities, and funding sources require a leader who truly understands the day-to-day operations as well as the impacts of proposed state and federal legislation. We are happy to name Jamie Ulrich as the new director and are confident in Jamie’s ability to be that leader.”

Ulrich began working for the department in 1996, when she was hired as an eligibility technician for the Aid to Families with Dependent Children division. For the next 17 years, Ulrich gained more experience in the department through several divisions. In 2013, she took a position with the state DHS as the deputy director for the division of employment and benefits. She returned to Weld County in 2016, when she was hired as the department’s deputy director. Since that time, Griego has mentored Ulrich in preparation of this transition.

“I’m ready,” said Ulrich. “It’s been invaluable to have had the time to learn from Judy about what it takes to manage the many divisions, projects and programs in this department. I feel confident she has given me the foundation I need to be successful.”

As for Griego: “I’m excited to start my next chapter,” she said. “I’ve had a great career here in Weld County. I’ve worked with amazing commissioners and incredible staff. I feel confident the department is in capable hands with Jamie.”