Governor Doug Ducey’s chief of operations, Henry R. Darwin, was named interim Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security on November 23, 2016. As the State’s COO, Henry oversees the operations of all State agencies and the deployment of the Lean principled Arizona Management System. As the DES interim Director, he will lead the agency’s workforce of more than 7,000 employees in their vital mission to make Arizona stronger by helping all Arizonans reach their potential through temporary assistance for those in need and caring for the vulnerable.
Prior to joining the Governor’s office, Henry worked at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for 18 years, serving as the Director from 2011 to 2015. As Director, he led the deployment of the first Lean management initiative in Arizona government.
An experienced environmental engineer and attorney, Henry was the only ADEQ Director to have worked in all three of the department’s major environmental programs.
He worked briefly as in-house counsel for the Salt River Project and served as an assistant Arizona attorney general on special assignment to ADEQ’s hazardous waste program.
In addition to numerous speaking engagements, Henry has testified before both the Arizona Legislature and U.S. Congress on a variety of issues critical to Arizona, including innovation in the processes of environmental protection.
In November 2016, Henry was elected a Fellow by the National Academy of Public Administration, an organization chartered by Congress to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable and transparent organizations.
A native of Yuma, Henry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Arizona, and Juris Doctorate from Lewis & Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law, and is a licensed attorney.