Legislative committee backs Harvey to lead state DHHS


AUGUSTA (AP) – A legislative committee has thrown its crucial support behind Gov. John Baldacci’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, Gardiner resident Brenda Harvey, the $3 billion department’s acting commissioner.

The Health and Human Services Committee’s 10-3 vote Tuesday to recommend Harvey’s confirmation virtually ensures her approval by the state Senate.

Harvey has been the acting commissioner of one of Maine’s largest state departments since January, when she succeeded John “Jack” Nicholas.

Harvey served for a time in 2004 as acting commissioner of the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services.