BOARD MEMBERUtah's Department of Workforce Services
Jon Pierpont is the executive director of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services and serves in the cabinet of Governor Gary R. Herbert. Appointed in December 2012, Jon oversees a $1.5 billion budget and a department tasked with administering federal and state programs, including workforce development, eligibility services, public assistance programs and unemployment insurance.
Jon has over 20 years experience with Workforce Services. Prior to serving as the executive director, he was the deputy director, eligibility services division director and led the department’s largest service area. In these roles, he has helped Workforce Services lead the state in cost savings and efficiencies through the creation of an agency-wide throughput operating strategy. Under Jon’s direction, the department has saved over $33 million because of a commitment to efficiency and effectiveness in state government. Workforce Services is the state agency responsible for assisting some of the most vulnerable citizens in Utah.
Currently, Jon is leading the department in several statewide initiatives to end homelessness, break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and serve Utah’s refugee community. These initiatives not only impact the quality of life for these citizens, but also affect the state’s economy. Because of this, Jon works closely with other civic leaders and state department directors to ensure these initiatives are moving forward in a direction that best serve the people of Utah.
Jon is a graduate of the University of Utah and is respected for his focus and strategic approach to public service. He has received accolades for implementing change, leading key initiatives, establishing creative strategies for optimizing internal operations and creating positive employee morale.
A lifelong resident of Utah, Jon is the son of former Provo Captain of Police, George Pierpont. He is an avid participant in many sporting activities and can often be found running with his dog, Brutus. Jon lives in Sandy, Utah, with his wife and son.