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September 15, 2009

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

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Dave Prokesh Honored for 45 Years of Service with DHHS

Lincoln – Long-time DHHS employee Dave Prokesh was honored for his 45 years of service in August. He retired from the Department of Health and Human Services after serving under nine different governors, going back to Frank B. Morrison.

“Dave exemplifies the very best kind of state employee and civil servant,” said Mike Puls, Northern Service Area Administrator in DHHS. “His compassion and caring was reflected in all of his daily activities, and he always remembered we were spending taxpayer dollars as we helped people in need.”

At retirement, Prokesh served as Administrator of Services Coordination and Area Operations for the DHHS Northern Service Area . He began his career in December 1963 as Stanton County Welfare Director. He also served as Chief of the Division of Personnel and Training; Chief of the Division of Field Coordination and Support Services; and as Local Office Administrator for Dodge, Burt, Cuming and Washington Counties.

Puls said Dave Prokesh was deservedly proud of his years of service to the people of Nebraska and absolutely embraced the Department’s mission of “Helping people live better lives.”