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Bullock names Opper as Public Health and Human Services leader

Published On: Dec 31 2012 10:04:53 AM MST
Steve Bullock
HELENA, Mont. -

Governor-elect Steve Bullock has named the state's current environmental quality chief as the next leader of the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Richard Opper has served in Governor Brian Schweitzer's administration for 8 years.

He will now run the state's largest agency under Bullock.

Bullock had previously named Tracy Stone-Manning to succeed Opper at the Department of Environmental Quality.

Bullock also picked Sheila Hogan of Helena to run the Department of Administration.

She has been the executive director of the Career Training Institute in Helena since 1992.

Bullock said he will retain Schweitzer appointee Angela Wong to run the Montana Lottery.

Bullock is close to finalizing his cabinet as he prepares to take office early next week.