Meet Workforce Services' New Executive Director: Casey Cameron



Casey Cameron is the new executive director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services, nominated by Governor Spencer J. Cox in December 2020, and confirmed by the Utah Senate on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Casey is the sixth executive director for the agency since it was created in 1997.


Casey has worked for the state of Utah for 21 years, most recently as a deputy director for Workforce Services since 2012, as well as other various management and leadership  capacities within the department. She has been instrumental in several significant departmental changes, such as helping to form the Eligibility Services and Workforce Development divisions.



Executive Director Casey Cameron holds her certificate of appointment from Governor Spencer Cox.


Her main responsibilities as a deputy director included overseeing the following divisions and programs: Unemployment Insurance, Eligibility Services, Human Resources, Housing and Community Development, Office of Child Care, Communications, Internal Audit, and the Refugee Services Office. Throughout her career, Casey has held various management and training positions and worked closely with many federal and state partners.


Casey serves as the co-chair of the Intergenerational Poverty Commission and serves on the Shelter the Homeless and the Family Justice Center boards. She is a recipient of the 2018 Governor’s award for leadership, as well as the Governor’s award in the area of innovation and efficiency in 2010. Before her time with Workforce Services, Casey held positions with the Salt Lake School District, Intermountain Healthcare and Utah Retirement Systems.


Casey is a graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral health. She lives in Cedar Hills, Utah, with her husband Ian, where they are raising two amazing teenage boys. Casey and her family enjoy playing sports, watching their boys play baseball, traveling, camping and providing service to their community.



Casey Cameron (second from right) joins with her family and Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson (far left) and Governor Spencer Cox (far right) to celebrate her confirmation as Workforce Services' new executive director.



(Left to Right): Deputy Director Greg Paras, Executive Director Casey Cameron, Deputy Director Nate McDonald



Q&A with Casey:


WHY IS THE WORK OF WORKFORCE SERVICES IMPORTANT?

Being a public servant has always been a title I am proud of. During this past year many individuals found themselves out of a job. We connected them to unemployment benefits, employment services and temporary assistance. We reach every corner of Utah to support vulnerable people, thus supporting the workforce and strengthening the economy.




WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BRING TO THE DEPARTMENT?

It’s an honor to serve as the sixth executive director of Workforce Services. I spent the bulk of my career here. Since being asked to lead this agency, I’ve been thinking about how I want to grow and evolve our department.


First, I hope to find innovative ways for us to connect and solve issues. I enjoy meeting with employees and this is a priority for me. I hope to be a leader who instills confidence and is someone staff and our partners can depend on.


Second, I am excited to see what a post-COVID-19 workplace looks like. Recently, the Governor’s transition team review noted some service delivery areas that our agency should look into. Yet, the pandemic proved we are adaptable and productive.


Additionally, I would like to create a culture of opportunity — for frontline staff, leaders, customers and communities. I want us to be inclusive in our programs and with all the people we serve.




WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING IN THIS AGENCY?

That’s easy, the people!