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New Cook County PHHS director has family ties to former Minnesota governor

During a meeting of the Cook County Commissioners Tuesday morning, the board approved the hiring of Joshua Beck as the director of the county’s Public Health and Human Services Department.

The board unanimously approved the hiring of Beck as the new director. Beck is 39 years old. He is leaving a similar position in human services in Globe, Arizona. Beck will arrive to Cook County later this month his family, including his wife Priscilla and their six children. Beck says when they are age appropriate, all of the children will be enrolled in the Cook County School District.

Priscilla Beck is the great granddaughter of Jacob (J.A.O.) Preus, who served as the governor of Minnesota from 1921 to 1925. Beck says former Gov. Preus fell in love with Gunflint Lake nearly 100 years ago and purchased the property that the Beck family visits annually.

Beck’s first day of employment with Cook County will be Aug. 1. After one year on the job, Beck will qualify to make approximately $74,000 as the director of the Health and Human Services Department.

Beck replaces outgoing Director Sue Futterer, who retired last month from her position with the county. 

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with Beck about his new role with Cook County.