Raquel Hatter, the embattled leader of the Tennessee Department of Human Services, is leaving her administration position, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday.
Hatter will work in the private sector "at the national level" when she leaves her post in February, according to a news release from the governor's office.
“She brought fresh perspective and subject matter expertise to her role, taking a generational approach to solving some of the unique challenges facing Tennessee’s most vulnerable, and the State of Tennessee was extremely fortunate to have her lead the Department of Human Services over the last six years," Haslam said in the release.
Although Haslam touted Hatter's work on several state initiatives, her tenure was marred by ongoing problems with state-run food programs for low-income children, vocational rehabilitation and general management issues.