DHHS announces leadership change in Welfare Division

Robert Thompson appointed; Steve Fisher retires from State service

Carson City March 02, 2022

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Richard Whitley has announced that Robert Thompson has been appointed as Administrator of the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS) starting today.

Steve Fisher, who has served as Administrator since 2014, is retiring after 24 years of State service.

“Robert has been a key member of our team and I know he will be an effective leader for the Division and continue the notable improvements which started during Steve’s tenure,” said Director Whitley. “His knowledge of the programs available to support Nevadans and his care for the community will benefit all those we serve.”

Administrator Thompson has been with DWSS for 22 years and has served in many roles. He has been part of the DWSS management team since 2011 and was promoted to Deputy Administrator in 2018. 

He has been responsible for the policy and program administration for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, energy assistance program, employment and training programs and the SNAP Nutrition-Ed and outreach programs.

“I am honored to lead this Division and continue with our valuable work,” said Administrator Thompson. “The pandemic has been hard on all Nevadans and as the safety net for many families I am committed to the work we are doing to help those in need achieve stability.”

After 24 years of dedicated service, Administrator Fisher retired on March 1. Through his time with DWSS he has been part of many improvements to enhance the Division’s ability to efficiently provide services to Nevada’s citizens during times of crisis, economic downturn and pandemic. 

The mission of the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS) is to engage clients, staff, and the community to provide public assistance benefits to all who qualify and reasonable support for children with absentee parents to help Nevadans achieve safe, stable, and healthy lives. To apply for assistance available from DWSS go to Access Nevada or call 800-992-0900.


Shannon Litz
Public Information Officer