New Georgia State Accountant and Commissioner of the Ministry of Social Services are sworn in


Gerlda B. Hines, State Accountant and Candice Broce, Commissioner of the Department of Social Services and Director of the Division of Family and Children’s Services.

Governor Brian P. Kemp was sworn in to Gerlda B. Hines as State Accountant and Candice Broce as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Commissioner Broce will also serve as Director of the Family and Children’s Services Division.

“I am proud to appoint Gerlda B. Hines as the new State Accountant,” Governor Kemp said. “She has extensive experience and is a respected and valued leader in state government. I have no doubts that it will continue to uphold the long-standing tradition of conservative fiscal management which has enabled Georgia to bind itself to AAA and be the first state for business. “

“Candice Broce is perfectly suited to lead the Department of Social Services and the Division of Family and Children’s Services,” Governor Kemp said. “Given her experience in many leadership positions in my administration and her demonstrated commitment to public service, I have no doubts that she will continue to make the State of Georgia proud as Commissioner of DHS and Director of DFCS. . “

Gerlda B. Hines is the Georgia State Accountant and is the first African-American woman to hold this position. Hines was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Social Services on July 1, 2021 by Governor Kemp. Previously, she was the Department’s Chief of Staff since January 2019. Hines also served as Acting DHS Commissioner from November 2018 to January 2019. Prior to serving as Acting Commissioner, Hines served DHS as Deputy commissioner and chief financial officer, managing the executive team department and overseeing a budget of over $ 1.9 billion.

Prior to joining DHS, Hines was Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Georgia Department of Community Health, where she was responsible for a $ 13 billion budget, from 2013 to 2015. She was also Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Georgia Student . Finance Committee, Budget Officer for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and Policy Analyst for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Planning & Budget. Hines graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and is a Chartered Accountant. She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Georgia Fiscal Management Council, and the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association. Hines lives in Marietta and has a son.

Candice Brocé is Commissioner of the Ministry of Social Services and Director of the Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS). Broce most recently served as Acting Director for DFCS, as well as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, she was Director of Communications and Deputy Chief Executive Advisor to Governor Kemp. Previously, she managed communications and served as legal counsel for elections and legislative affairs in the office of the Secretary of State of Georgia. Broce holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a law degree from Georgia State University College of Law. Originally from Cartersville in Bartow County, she now lives in White, Georgia, with her husband, Jason, and two sons, Beau and Jack. She is a member of the Georgia State Bar, the Federalist Society, the Republican National Lawyers Association, and the Georgia Board of Nursing.


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