- Associated Press - Thursday, January 2, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The head of the Mississippi Department of Human Services is the latest state agency leader to announce his departure as the state prepares for a new administration.

Christopher Freeze will leave his job Jan. 14. That’s the same day Tate Reeves will be inaugurated to succeed fellow Republican Phil Bryant as governor.

Freeze is a former special agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi. Bryant appointed him to lead Human Services in August.

The state agency said in a news release Wednesday that Freeze has brought greater transparency to how Human Services issues contracts and has provided tighter controls over how tax dollars are spent.

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