Agency that oversees Western State Hospital and social services gets new leader for now
The state Department of Social and Health Services, Washington’s biggest agency, will get a new temporary leader this month as the department relaunches a stalled national search for a permanent secretary.
Bill Moss, an assistant secretary at DSHS, will replace Acting Secretary Patricia Lashway on May 16, Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced. Lashway is moving to the Office of Financial Management, where she will be deputy director.
Lashway has led DSHS since February 2016, after Secretary Kevin Quigley resigned.
The state had been looking for a permanent replacement after Quigley’s departure, but stopped the search in May 2016 to focus the department’s energy on problems at Western State Hospital, the troubled 800-bed psychiatric facility in Lakewood.