NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Governor Bill Haslam announced Tuesday that Bonnie Hommrich has been named the new commissioner for the Department of Children’s Services (DCS).
According to a release, Hommrich has served as the deputy commissioner since 2004 working in areas of child protective services, foster care, adoptions, community juvenile justice and independent living.
“Bonnie has dedicated her entire career to helping children and families,” Haslam said. “She has experience on the front lines of social work as well as in senior level positions where she has analyzed and interpreted complex information, situations and issues. I am grateful for her willingness to serve as commissioner and to have her depth of knowledge and expertise leading the department.”
Before joining DCS, 68-year-old Hommrick spent 22 years as a social worker and assistant district manager for the Kentucky Department of Social Services.
“I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity to serve the administration as commissioner for the Department of Children’s Services,” Hommrich said. “Under Commissioner Henry’s leadership and with the dedicated commitment of staff, the department has made significant progress in achieving better outcomes for children. We are all focused on continuing this progress.”
Hommrich replaces Jim Henry who is joining the governor’s office as chief of staff. Both appointments will be effective Aug. 1.