Veteran human services professional John Davis has been promoted to executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, replacing Ricky Berry, who is retiring Jan. 31.
Gov. Phil Bryant announced the appointment Monday afternoon.
Davis is a Mississippi native with 24 years in human services, including work on the local, regional and state level. He has served as the department’s deputy administrator for the last four years. Before that, he was the division director of economic assistance, state operations director, as well as the director of the Lincoln County Department of Human Services.
“My life has been dedicated to serving others and I believe this is a great opportunity to continue that work,” Davis said in a press release from the governor’s office.
Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and a masters of science in leadership from Belhaven University. He is a resident of Brookhaven.