POSTED: Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 5:04am
Baton Rouge, LA — Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Suzy Sonnier to serve as Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services, upon the resignation of Secretary Ruth Johnson. Sonnier, who currently serves as Chief Operations Officer for the Louisiana Workforce Commission, will take over on June 5, 2012.
Governor Jindal said, “Ruth did a tremendous job as Secretary of DCFS, where she helped implement the largest reorganization of a state agency in years. We’re excited to welcome Suzy back to DCFS. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from across state government that will help us continue to improve the delivery of critical services for our people.”
Suzy Sonnier currently serves as Chief Operations Officer for the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Sonnier previously served as director of the agency’s Office of Unemployment Insurance Administration. Before joining LWC in 2010, Sonnier served as Deputy Secretary of Programs for the Department of Children and Family Services.
Sonnier has extensive policy and program experience including serving as policy director for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; research instructor at the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at the Tulane University School of Medicine; directing humanitarian efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps; and, from 2002-06, as the governor's senior advisor on children's policy.
Sonnier has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, a master's in public administration from Louisiana State University and has begun work towards a doctorate in health systems management at Tulane University.