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Gov. Ricketts Names Human Resources Chief as Administrative Services Director

Gov. Ricketts Names Human Resources Chief as Administrative Services Director
Courtesy/Office of Governor Pete Ricketts -- photo of Jayson Jackson.

Lincoln, Neb. — Governor Pete Ricketts named his Chief Human Resources Officer, Jason Jackson, as the next Director of the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). Jackson brings extensive public and private sector experience.

“In his role as Chief Human Resources Officer, Jason has been instrumental in coaching our agency leaders to be more effective, efficient, and customer focused,” said Governor Ricketts. “There are many opportunities at DAS to help our state agencies do an even better job in serving taxpayers. As the next Director of Administrative Services, Jason will accelerate our progress toward operational excellence.”

While leading the Governor’s human resource initiatives, Jackson has contributed to several initiatives led by the Governor:

· Implementing a state hiring freeze which reduced the state headcount by 500 or about four percent.

· Launching and implementing pay for performance and goals for all state teammates.

· Expanding state maternity benefits for women in state government.

· Extending the State of Nebraska’s veterans hiring preference to spouses.

· Updating sexual harassment policies for all code agencies.

“It’s been an honor to work with Governor Ricketts to bring private sector best practices into government,” said Jackson. “We are going to continue to efficiently improve customer service so that we can pass savings back to taxpayers.”

Before joining the Governor’s team, Jackson spent eight years leading human resource teams in the tech industry. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as an Operations Officer supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds a Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.

DAS provides shared services to state agencies and is home to the Center of Operational Excellence, an initiative launched by Governor Ricketts in 2015 to help eliminate waste and to improve performance in state agencies.

Jackson retains his role as the Governor’s Chief Human Resources Officer. His salary will be $160,000.

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