Jon S. Pierpont


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 twenty years of public service experience with DWS and has served an important role in overseeing and participating in several agency initiatives. Prior to serving as the executive director at DWS, Jon served as the deputy director, eligibility services division director and director of the department's largest service area. In these roles, Jon has helped DWS lead the state in cost savings and efficiencies through the creation of an agency-wide throughput operating strategy. Under Jon’s direction, DWS has saved over $33 million and continues its commitment to efficiency and effectiveness in state government. Jon has also served an important role in the statewide initiative to end homelessness and has received numerous awards for these efforts. Additionally, Jon continues to be integral in serving Utah’s refugee community, currently serving as chair of Utah’s Refugee Advisory Board.

Jon is a graduate of the University of Utah and has received numerous awards and recognition from national and international organizations for his work in the public sector. A leader in the community and state, Jon 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.