A lifetime of service and a commitment to helping others led Christopher Freeze to accept an appointment as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS). Governor Phil Bryant appointed Freeze to the post on August 1, 2019.
As executive director, Mr. Freeze oversees an agency responsible for providing a wide range of public assistance to children and families throughout Mississippi. Under his leadership, agency staff helps Mississippians move from a state of crisis to self-sufficiency through targeted state assistance programs. This assistance makes a profound difference to these families and improves the quality of life within the state. With more than $1 billion in economic contributions per year, MDHS is one of the largest economic drivers in the state.
Before his appointment at MDHS, Mr. Freeze served 23 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), most recently as Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Jackson Division. As the head of the FBI in Mississippi, Mr. Freeze worked to strengthen partnerships with public and private sector agencies, brought attention to the challenges facing law enforcement, and encouraged individuals to demonstrate leadership by helping children and families in need.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Freeze worked as an investigative auditor for the State of Tennessee, where he investigated fraud against the government.
A native southerner, Mr. Freeze holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Arts in Religion from Lipscomb University, as well as a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.