A message from Secretary MaryLou Sudders on the appointment of an interim commissioner:

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, Commissioner Howe is retiring from public service next Friday, July 14, 2017.  I’m pleased to inform you that Jane Ryder, Deputy Commissioner has  agreed to serve as  Interim Commissioner beginning July 15th while the active search for a successor continues.

Jane has worked for the Department since September of 1995 and was promoted into the Deputy Commissioner role in July 2015.  She has assisted Commissioner Howe with the implementation of all Department priorities and directives including waiver enrollment, promotion of the Shared Living and Self Direction, and improving consistency in practice across the state.  I appreciate Jane’s continued commitment to public service and to ensure a smooth transition.

I am appreciative to Commissioner Howe for her decade of leadership at the Department  and wish her the best on her retirement from public service.   I also want to thank all of DDS staff for your efforts on behalf of individuals with intellectual disabilities and with autism spectrum disorders and in support of their loved ones throughout the Commonwealth.

Thank you for your public service.


Secretary MaryLou Sudders

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