LITTLE ROCK — The director of the state Department of Human Services’ Division of Behavioral Health Services has resigned to take a private-sector job, DHS said Friday.


Charlie Green began his 18-year career with the agency as superintendent of the Alexander Human Development Center. He then served as the state’s developmental disabilities services commissioner from 2003 until 2014, when he became director of DBHS.


Jay Hill, Arkansas Health Center director, will serve as interim director of DBHS and will manage the division’s facilities, including the Arkansas State Hospital, the agency said. Paula Stone, assistant director of DBHS, will have primary responsibility for programs.


“I have greatly appreciated having Dr. Green on my team, both for the level of knowledge and experience he brought to the table and for his sense of humor,” DHS Director Cindy Gillespie said in a statement Friday. “We wish him well in his new pursuits.”


Green said in a statement, “I’ve been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated public servants in Arkansas. It was an honor to be their colleague.”