She will resign her post on December 31, 2009 to take a position as chief operating officer of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Estelle Richman, the head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare, has announced she is stepping down to take the post of Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Richman will begin her job at HUD on Jan. 4, 2010. As Welfare Secretary, Richman oversaw agency efforts that resulted in an increased percentage of foster children finding permanent homes, a drop in the waiting list for mental-retardation services, improved child-support collection programs, and the creation of the state’s first Bureau of Autism. Prior to her job with the state Public Welfare Department, Richman held several offices in Philadelphia, including Managing Director, Director of Social Services, Commissioner of Public Health, and Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.
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