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Meet Robert G. “Bob” Anderson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services

A lifetime of service and a commitment to protecting the citizens and integrity of the State of Mississippi has led Bob Anderson to accept an appointment as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS). Governor Tate Reeves appointed Anderson to the post on March 4, 2020.

As executive director, Mr. Anderson 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. Anderson served as the Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and prior to that as Chief Integrity Officer for the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, where he supervised the Office of Program Integrity, the Compliance Office, the Office of Administrative Appeals and the Office of Third Party Recovery.

He formerly served as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the Public Integrity Division of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, where he prosecuted white collar crime and public corruption matters including insurance fraud matters. He has over 20 years of experience in the federal sector, mostly as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting health care fraud and other significant white collar crime cases while also litigating False Claims Act health care fraud cases.

Mr. Anderson and his wife, Judy Ann, are long time members of First Baptist Church, Jackson, where they have taught missions education classes, marriage enrichment classes and Sunday School while also leading short-term mission trips for many years. He has been a deacon in his church for over 20 years.