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Missouri’s New DHSS Director Has More Than 30 Years Experience In Illinois

Governor Parson has introduced Donald Kauerauf as the next director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Kauerauf replaces Dr. Randall Williams, who resigned from the position in April.

Kauerauf served as the assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health from 2016 until his retirement in 2018.

More recently, he was selected to chair the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and has been in that capacity through the COVID-19 crisis.

Kauerauf has more than 30 years of experience in state government and has served in various senior leadership positions in public health and emergency management.

Kauerauf says it’s an honor to be appointed by the Governor as the new DHSS director. “I’m looking forward to working with public health agencies, healthcare providers, and communities to build upon the great work that has been initiated in Missouri to address the COVID-19 situation,” Kauerauf said. “At the same time, I’ll work to make available critical preventative programs and services to increase the health and safety of Missourians.”

Kauerauf will take over as DHSS director effective September 1, 2021.

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