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Michael Becketts

Michael Becketts

A native of Baltimore, Michael Becketts relocated to North Carolina in 2012 to lead Durham County’s Department of Social Services.

He joined DHHS as Assistant Secretary for Human Services in 2017. In this role, he oversees the Divisions of Social Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Services for the Blind, Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, Child Development and Early Education, and Aging and Adult Services.

Prior to coming Durham, he was the Deputy Director of Social Services for the city of Baltimore. While in Baltimore, he used a data-driven, family-centered practice model that allowed more than 800 child welfare professionals to help nearly 1,800 children and young adults exit foster care.

For nearly two decades, Becketts has worked in settings that provide supportive services in the areas of child welfare, aging, health, mental health, juvenile justice, academic medicine and education. His career has focused on supporting the health, safety and well-being of marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Becketts began his career as a child welfare social worker in the Washington, D.C., foster care system, supporting families working toward reunification or finding a permanent, stable home for children. At DHHS, he now tailors effective and efficient cross-systems and integrative approaches to the delivery of social services.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from McDaniel College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He also earned a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Baltimore, a master’s degree in education from Widener University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Widener University in Human Sexuality Education.