LINCOLN — The man who has been in charge of child welfare, public assistance, child support services and Nebraska’s two youth rehabilitation and treatment centers is resigning.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Friday that Matt Wallen will step down as director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Children and Family Services to take a job with United Way of the Midlands. Wallen’s last day will be Sept. 8.

He began working for HHS in December 2015 as chief of staff. He took over as the Children and Family Services director in August 2017.

During his tenure, the division inked a new contract for child welfare management in the Omaha area and reduced the number of children in out-of-home care. He maintained improvements in AccessNebraska, the state’s public benefits call center system, and worked to improve child care services.

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Martha Stoddard keeps legislators honest from The World-Herald's Lincoln bureau, where she covers news from the State Capitol. Follow her on Twitter @StoddardOWH. Phone: 402-473-9583.

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