DWS Press Release
April 24, 2017


Workforce Services Appoints New Unemployment Insurance Division Director

SALT LAKE CITY (March 22, 2017)— The Department of Workforce Services has selected Kevin Burt as the new Director of Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Division. Kevin is taking over from Michelle Beebe, who is departing for a new opportunity with a different state.

Kevin most recently served as an assistant director in the department’s Eligibility Services Division, overseeing eligibility policy, procedures, training, compliance and audits for the many programs determined by Utah’s integrated eligibility system.

“Kevin has demonstrated a great capacity for understanding and applying complex program policies and procedures to help enable those we serve with the best service and aid needed in their often critical life situations,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of Workforce Services. “I have full confidence in Kevin and his ability to seamlessly carry on the great work being done in the Unemployment Insurance Division.”

Kevin has been a part of Workforce Services for 15 years, first as an employment counselor with the Workforce Development Division, and then moving to the Eligibility Services Division. Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Utah State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Weber State University.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Utah,” said Kevin. “The Unemployment Insurance Division does incredibly important work for the state, and they have a long history of doing it with excellence. I look forward to supporting this talented staff in maintaining the quality of the program.”

Kevin will assume his duties as director starting on Monday, May 1, 2017.


About Unemployment Insurance

Utah’s Unemployment Insurance Division provides economic stability to Utah’s workforce, families and communities. Unemployed Utahns are invited to work with Utah’s team of specialists to determine what benefits they may qualify for. Contributions collected from Utah employers, under the state unemployment tax, are used exclusively to pay benefits to unemployed workers who are able and available to seek and accept full-time work. For more information, visit jobs.utah.gov/department/ui.html.