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September 16, 2011

Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313,

Reckling to Resign due to Health Reasons

Lincoln – Kerry Winterer, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services, today announced that Todd Reckling, Director of the DHHS Division of Children and Family Services (CFS), has resigned effective October 14 due to personal health reasons.

“Todd has worked in the child welfare and juvenile services field for 19 years, dedicated to improving the lives of children and families,” said Winterer. “I am sorry to see him leave and I wish him the best.”

Reckling graduated from Creighton University and later received his Masters in Public Administration from UNO. He started his career with the Department of Health and Human Services as a front-line child protective services caseworker in the Dakota City Office in 1992. He was also a juvenile services worker, supervisor and administrator before being appointed as the CFS director in April 2009.

The DHHS Division of Children and Family Services is the largest of the six DHHS divisions and employs over 1800 people. The division has many programs that include statewide child welfare and juvenile services, adult protective services, economic assistance/welfare programs, the refugee program and child support enforcement activities. The division is currently undertaking reform of the child welfare and juvenile services system, and has been recognized nationally for achievements with the SNAP program (former Food Stamp Program) and child support collections.

“I feel privileged to have been associated with the Department all these years and to have served Nebraskans,” said Reckling. “The employees are an exceptionally dedicated group of people who work very hard to serve Nebraskans in need. I have a great deal of admiration for them and the incredibly important work they accomplish. I will miss the work immensely, but right now it’s important that I focus on some health issues.”