Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Candice L. Broce named Melody DeBussey as the Department’s new Deputy Commissioner for Family Independence, an office comprised of more than 2,500 employees. In this role, she will oversee the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and other self-sufficiency and family support activities.
"Melody DeBussey is a brilliant public servant with the right policy expertise, fiscal track record, and forward-thinking leadership style to lead the State of Georgia's integrated eligibility system and 2,616-strong workforce,” said Commissioner Broce. “We are honored to welcome her to the Department of Human Services. Go Jackets!"
Before joining DHS, DeBussey served the nonpartisan Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office as Senior Program Analyst and Deputy Director before becoming Director in 2013. She previously held roles in Home Depot’s corporate compliance department and served as a performance auditor with the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. DeBussey holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and served on the board of the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices. She and her husband, Jack, have one daughter.