Inflated credentials led Nebraska DHHS official to resign

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The resignation of a Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services administrator came after state officials discovered she had inflated her academic credentials.

A department spokeswoman said Wednesday that Yolanda Webb left voluntarily after a background check found discrepancies in her application materials. Webb had accepted a job as the state’s Developmental Disabilities division director.

Spokeswoman Kathie Osterman says Webb claimed on her resume that she had received a doctoral degree from Union Institute & University, but in her cover letter she said she was still working on the degree. Osterman says the governor’s office relied on the resume for a news release about Webb’s hiring and allowed her to review it, but she didn’t correct the inaccuracy.

The reason behind Webb’s resignation was first reported by the Omaha World-Herald.

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