Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief of Staff
Kenneth Evans is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Deputy Chief of Staff for the District’s Department of Health Care Finance. In this role, Ken is a key member of the Director’s Executive team and a top advisor to the Director across a wide range of issues impacting the day-to-day operations of the agency. Ken is responsible for all DHCF administrative operations, and assumes the lead role in recommending and formulating related policies and strategies. As Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS), Ken will assist the COS in all areas related to policy, legislative and public affairs.
Mr. Evans ensures the timely implementation of the agency’s procurement process and effective management of the contract monitoring activities of staff. He oversees the agency’s human resources activities, including management of the agency’s relations with Labor and providing advice on how DHCF policies should be altered to advance the Director’s goal of promoting from within across all levels of employees. He also provides advice and recommendations to agency management on all personnel, labor relations and payroll matters.
His other duties include the on-going review and assessment of the agency budget, oversight of information technology activities; implementation of risk management activities; oversight of administrative support and property management activities; and implementation of the agency-wide strategic planning and performance management processes.
As DCOS, Ken is the day to day point of contact on all legislative and public affairs requests. This includes requests from the Mayor’s Office on Policy and Legislative Affairs (OPLA), the Deputy Mayor’s office and the Council.
Ken brings a wealth of experience in District government finance. In his prior roles, Ken was intimately involved in the intricacies of the budget development process while specifically focusing on the operations of human service agencies. He also brings knowledge of the District's complex procurement and contracting processes.
Ken has been a District government employee since 2009, first serving as the Deputy Director for Budget Administration within the Office of Budget and Planning at the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. In that position, Ken facilitated the budget creation and oversight for the Mayor and the Executive branch, for a total of $10.7 billion General fund Operating Budget for 128 operating and enterprise agencies within the District.
Mr. Evans is a native South Carolinian, who has been in the District region for the past 19 years, with the last six within the District borders. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins, and a Masters in Business Administration from Howard University. Ken resides in Ward 5.