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June 15, 2000

Ryan Names Assistant Director for CMS

CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of Lula M. Ford as Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS).

"As a proven leader, Lula brings a wealth of experience to state government," Ryan said. "I am pleased that she has agreed to return to public service in this important capacity."

Ford, 56, of Chicago, will have oversight over CMS’ efforts to improve diversity in the state government workforce -- part of Governor Ryan’s Executive Order #15 directing state agencies to develop a recruitment plan to reach all populations while filling vacancies. Ford will also oversee the Business Enterprise Program, which promotes development of businesses owned by minorities, females and persons with disabilities.

Formerly retired, Ford most recently served as the Chicago Public Schools Educational Liaison to the Chicago Housing Authority. She has been a teacher, principal, school leadership development officer, assistant superintendent, and instruction officer for Chicago Public Schools and has earned numerous recognitions for her service to the public.

Ford replaces Gertrude W. Jordan, who was named director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security.



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