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Idaho DHS hires 5,200 additional workers for 2019 as state recovers from wildfire

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WASHINGTON — Idaho’s Department of Health and Human Services on Monday hired more than 5,000 new workers for the coming year as the state recovers after the worst wildfire in U.S. history.

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C.L. “Butch” Otter announced in a statement that DHS had hired about 5,800 more workers in the next fiscal year.

Gov.-elect Dave Bishop has announced he would appoint a new state director to lead DHS, and DHS announced a series of steps to ensure state and local governments are prepared to respond to natural disasters.

Gov-elect Beth Clements-Kelley said in a news release Monday that the new hires will include 2,000 health professionals who are working on critical issues and who will help coordinate and coordinate efforts to help the state and its citizens recover from a natural disaster.

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