Missouri News: Governor Mike Parson names Jennifer Tidball as acting director of Department of Social Services

Jefferson City, Missouri (STL,News) – The Missouri Department of Social Services has a new leader. On Tuesday, Governor Mike Parson announced that Jennifer Tidball will take over as the Acting Director of the Department of Social Services (DSS) effective May 15.  She currently serves as the Deputy Director of DSS.

“I appreciate Jennifer Tidball’s willingness to serve the people of Missouri in this new role and know she will build off the positive reforms made within the department under Director Corsi,” said Parson.

“I have full confidence the Department of Social Services will continue providing excellent service to the people of Missouri under her leadership.” Parson added.

Prior to serving as Deputy Director, Tidball was the DSS Director of the Division of Finance and Administrative Services and served as the Interim MO HealthNet Division Director (Missouri’s Medicaid agency).  Tidball was Acting Director for the Department of Social Services from January 10, 2017 to June 18, 2017.  She joined DSS in 1995 and has also worked in the divisions formally known as the Division of Family Services and the Division of Child Support Enforcement and worked at Systems & Methods, Inc. implementing statewide child support receipt and disbursement systems.

Tidball holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“It is a privilege to serve the Department, the Governor, and the people of Missouri in this capacity, and I am honored that Governor Parson has placed his trust in me to perform these duties,” said Tidball.

“I am pleased to continue to work with Governor Parson’s team on initiatives to help Missourians support themselves and to keep Missouri’s children safe.” Tidball added.

Tidball is replacing Dr. Steve Corsi, who resigned from the position in April to take a position with a faith-based nonprofit.  Corsi was commissioned as acting director in June of 2017 and confirmed by the Senate as director in January of 2018.