Atlanta, GA – Gov. Brian Kemp appointed current DHS Commissioner Gerlda B. Hines to serve as the State Accounting Officer on Thursday, Sept. 16, and he appointed Candice L. Broce as Commissioner Hines’ replacement. In this new role, Broce will also continue to serve as DFCS Director.
“I am honored to receive this appointment and follow in the footsteps of former Commissioner Robyn Crittenden and current Commissioner Gerlda Hines, with whom I credit the Department’s success over recent years,” said Broce. “I deeply appreciate the Governor and First Lady for their ongoing trust and support as I assume these new responsibilities.”
Broce has been serving as interim director for the Department’s Division of Family & Children Services since July. She most recently served as Chief Operating Officer in the Governor's Office, having also served as Communications Director and Chief Deputy Executive Counsel for Gov. Kemp.
Prior to that, Broce managed communications and served as legal counsel for elections and legislative affairs at the Georgia Secretary of State's Office. 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 Cherokee County with her husband, Jason, and two sons, Beau and Jack. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and Georgia Board of Nursing.
About the Georgia Department of Human Services
With more than 8,500 employees, DHS delivers a wide range of services designed to promote self-sufficiency, safety and well-being for Georgians through its divisions of Family & Children Services, Child Support Services and Aging Services.