JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The current deputy director of the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), who previously served as acting director, will once again step into the top role on Wednesday.
Gov. Mike Parson announced that Jennifer Tidball will take the helm of DSS effective May 15. In mid-April, Steve Corsi announced his resignation as Social Services Director.
“I appreciate Jennifer Tidball’s willingness to serve the people of Missouri in this new role and know she will build off the positive reforms made within the department under Director Corsi,” said Parson. “I have full confidence the Department of Social Services will continue providing excellent service to the people of Missouri under her leadership.”
Prior to serving as deputy director, Tidball was the DSS Director of the Division of Finance and Administrative Services and served as the Interim MO HealthNet Division Director. From January 10, 2017, to June 18, 2017, she served as acting director of DSS.
Tidball joined the agency in 1995 and has also worked in departments formally known as the Division of Family Services and the Division of Child Support Enforcement and worked at Systems & Methods, Inc. implementing statewide child support receipt and disbursement systems. Tidball holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master of public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
“It is a privilege to serve the Department, the Governor, and the people of Missouri in this capacity, and I am honored that Governor Parson has placed his trust in me to perform these duties,” Tidball said in the statement. “I am pleased to continue to work with Governor Parson’s team on initiatives to help Missourians support themselves and to keep Missouri’s children safe.”
Alisha Shurr was a reporter for The Missouri Times and The Missouri Times Magazine. She joined The Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University.