Cindy Gillespie heads the Arkansas Department of Human Services, a sprawling agency in charge of traditional Medicaid; Arkansas Works; and the state’s 4,900 foster children, among other areas. The Georgia native began working at DHS March 1 and will be paid a salary of $280,000, which is $119,000 more than her predecessor, John Selig.
As a senior adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, she played a leading role in the development of that state’s health reforms. She earlier helped plan the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.