Governor LePage Nominates Ricker Hamilton for DHHS Commissioner

October 3, 2017

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the nomination of Ricker Hamilton, who now serves as acting commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, to be Commissioner of DHHS.

“I am pleased to nominate Ricker for Commissioner,” said Governor LePage. “We will continue to bring fiscal responsibility and accountability to this department while improving and reforming the programs that are vital to many of our most vulnerable citizens.”

Hamilton has served as acting commissioner since June 2017. He has been Deputy Commissioner of Programs at DHHS since 2013, and has managed and directed the Offices of Aging and Disability Services, Child and Family Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and Riverview Psychiatric Center. He also served as program administrator for adult protective services at DHHS and as an instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, where he developed a curriculum on elder abuse.

Hamilton received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Anselm College in 1976 and his Master of Social Work degree from Boston College in 1984.