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"I will be transitioning out of my role as Secretary over the next month or so and look forward to working with the Governor's office to ensure an orderly transition to new leadership.”

FSSA leader poised for move

INDIANAPOLIS – The head of the state’s largest agency is leaving her post as secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration.

Gov. Mike Pence said Monday he holds Debra Minott “in the highest regard and believes she has served the people of Indiana with integrity and professionalism.”

But a source in the governor’s office said discussions have begun with Minott “about a change in direction at FSSA. As we work together on transition, we continue to value Secretary Minott’s leadership to the agency and contributions to the state.”

The move comes at a precarious moment.

Indiana is set to finalize a waiver request to the federal government later this month seeking permission to provide health insurance for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers under a modified plan largely funded by the Affordable Care Act.

Minott has been the lead person negotiating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since she was tapped in January 2013. And she has been shilling for Pence’s program for weeks, including Monday morning.

Pence named Minott to her post as the last of his major appointments and after he had already taken office. FSSA handles the welfare, food stamp and Medicaid program for the state’s neediest Hoosiers.

Minott, of Carmel, most recently served as vice president and associate general counsel for Hill-Rom, a medical device manufacturer in Batesville. There, she managed healthcare regulatory and employment legal matters.

With 30 years of legal experience, she has served in a variety of roles including human resources director at CarDon & Associates Inc.; Indiana state personnel director, chief governance officer and corporate secretary of Guidant Corp.; senior vice president and general counsel for Fort Wayne’s Essex International Inc.: and senior counsel at Eli Lilly and Co.

Minott earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan.


The following is a statement issued Monday by Debra Minott, Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration:

“I have appreciated the opportunity to serve FSSA and the taxpayers of Indiana for the past 17 months. We have all worked together to re-establish FSSA as an integrated, collaborative agency. I will be transitioning out of my role as Secretary over the next month or so and look forward to working with the Governor’s office to ensure an orderly transition to new leadership.”