Gov. Dave Heineman has chosen Thomas Pristow of Mineral, Va., to direct the Children and Family Services Division of the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Pristow, who takes over March 21, will report to Health and Human Services CEO Kerry Winterer.
Winterer said Pristow's experience in urban and rural settings should help the state with its ongoing child welfare reforms.
Pristow is leaving a post as director of the Louisa County Department of Human Services in Louisa, Va.
Scot Adams, director of behavioral health for HHS, has been interim director since Todd Reckling resigned in October for personal health reasons.
Children and Family Services is the largest of six divisions within HHS. It runs programs related to child welfare and juvenile services, adult protective services and others.