Wyoming State Hospital Changing Leadership

July 25, 2018

Wyoming State Hospital Changing Leadership

Leadership changes are coming to the Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) in Evanston, which is a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) healthcare facility.

Rich Dunkley will retire effective August 15 after serving as WSH superintendent for the past two and half years. Previously, Dunkley held the superintendent position for three WDH Aging Division facilities and worked specifically as the administrator of the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming in Buffalo.

“I appreciate Rich’s hard work and dedication to the patients and staff at the Wyoming State Hospital,” said Chris Newman, Behavioral Health Division senior administrator.

Paul Mullenax, a longtime WSH employee, will serve as acting superintendent temporarily until an interim superintendent is recruited and arrives at the hospital.

Newman said a full, nationwide search for a permanent superintendent experienced in running an acute psychiatric hospital is planned.

WSH, part of the WDH Behavioral Health Division, is Wyoming’s only state-operated psychiatric hospital and has been providing mental health services in Evanston for state residents since 1887.