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State health director resigns citing disagreements with DHHS direction and policies

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced last night that DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos had accepted state Health Director Laura Gerald's resignation.

In her resignation letter, Gerald, a holdover from Gov. Bev Perdue's administration, said she appreciated being part of Gov. Pat McCrory's administration. But, "I acknowledge I have significant differences and disagreements with many of the policy and administrative directions I see unfolding in North Carolina and in the Department of Health and Human Services. These differences are making it increasingly impossible for to continue to be effective in my current role. Nonetheless, I ultimately believe that we all want to see the state continue to move forward."

According to DHHS, Wos sent agency employees a note announcing Gerald's resignation and thanking her for her service.

Danny Staley, deputy director of public health acting director of the division, and Dr. Robin Cummings, director of the Office of Rural Health and Community Care, will take on the title acting state health director, in addition to his current duties.


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