Ceballos describes himself as ‘generalist’

By Cowboy State Daily

The next director of the state’s Health Department describes himself as a “generalist” who relies on the experts around him to get things done.

Mike Ceballos, former president of Qwest in Wyoming, was named Thursday to head the state Health Department, succeeding Tom Forslund, who is leaving the post after the Legislature wraps up its session in February.

Ceballos said he will rely heavily on the experts in the Health Department to keep it operating smoothly.

“There’s lots of great specialists,” he said Friday. “So what you have to do is build confidence in those folks to say ‘You’re going to have to help me make decisions. That means you’ll have to tell me the good things that are going on, the things that aren’t working so well and then we’ll work together to set the policy and pace.’”

Ceballos was one of three people named to leadership positions Thursday in the administration of Gov. Mark Gordon.

Lynn Budd was tapped to head the state’s Department of Homeland Security and former state Sen. Leland Christensen was named Budd’s deputy.

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