When he took over as finance chief for the Department of Community Health, Tim Connell assumed oversight of a $13 billion budget, administering Medicaid as well as the benefits plan for state employees and teachers.
Connell didn’t have health care experience when he took the job. What he did have was years of state government financial work, including as president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. He spent two years as director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, and also was deputy commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for six years.
“The reason why I came to DCH was to apply a management approach’’ used in previous positions, Connell told GHN in a recent interview. He said his goal was to improve the overall accountability and effectiveness of the agency’s financial operation.
Connell, 65, is retiring at the end of June after more than 35 years of government service, with the past two at Community Health.
“Medicaid is certainly complicated,’’ he said. “It makes the work here interesting.” Many see Connell’s tenure as a success.
“Tim Connell has served the state of Georgia with honor and distinction for over three decades,’’ Clyde Reese, the DCH commissioner, said […]