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William_McKinney-Photo-200The Department of Labor Standards welcomed its new director this week, Bill McKinney.

McKinney brings extensive experience in state government, having worked in senior leadership roles. He served as the last commissioner of the former Metropolitan District Commission, which is now a part of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

McKinney also worked at the Department of Agriculture as the deputy commissioner for Administration and Finance, and served as the deputy administrative officer at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

“I am excited to join the Baker administration,” McKinney said. “I looked forward to expanding on Gov. Baker’s vision for an open and transparent government that works well for all people.”

At the Department of Labor Standards, McKinney said he will work to strike a balance between employers and employees. He is meeting with union leaders, contractors, staffing groups, and other stakeholders to find the middle-ground between employees and employers, and find what works for both sides.

“On one hand we need to protect the rights of employees, but we also want to make Massachusetts a business-friendly state,” McKinney said.

Prior to joining the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, McKinney was the chief financial officer for the town of Weymouth for four years.
Stephanie Neal-Johnson, McKinney’s direct manager, welcomed him saying, “Bill brings great energy and a welcome mix of private and public sector management that will serve our secretariat well.”

Previously, he served as chief financial officer of Marathon Physical Therapy, a Norton, MA-based business. He helped grow the business from two locations to seven. He also worked at State Street Corp. for more than seven years. He received his bachelor’s degree from The College of Holy Cross in Worcester, and a master’s in business administration from Babson College in Wellesley.
McKinney lives in Dedham with his wife Lauren.

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