Commissioner Bonnie Hommrich has spent her career working to improve the practice of child welfare.
Commissioner Hommrich joined the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services in 2004 as Deputy Commissioner for Child Programs. Under her leadership, Tennessee has seen vast improvements in timeliness to adoptions, the number of older children being adopted and the total number of adoptions in the state and she has worked extensively in Tennessee to implement the Brian A. Settlement Agreement.
Prior to joining DCS she worked for more than 30 years in Kentucky and served as the principal assistant to the Secretary for the Cabinet for Families and Children.
Commissioner Hommrich also is a nationally recognized expert serving on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators and as a trainer for the National College for Juvenile and Family Court Judges. On April 19, 2012 Commissioner Hommrich received the Commissioner's award given by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families.
She graduated from the Kent School of Social Work with an Master of Science in Social Work. She was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to lead DCS August 1, 2015.