Michigan Health Director Robert Gordon Resigns, No Reason Given

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LANSING, MI — The leading health official in Michigan has resigned.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon announced Friday in a social media post that he was resigning from his position with the administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Gordon did not say why he was resigning in the short post.

"It's been an honor to serve alongside wonderful colleagues," he said. "I look forward to the next chapter."

In a corresponding move, Whitmer announced Friday that she was naming Senior Chief Deputy Director for Administration for MDHHS Elizabeth Hertel as the new MDHHS director.

“Elizabeth Hertel has dedicated her career to protecting Michiganders’ public health, and she is uniquely prepared to lead MDHHS as we continue working together to end the COVID-19 pandemic,” Whitmer said in a statement Friday. “She has served across multiple administrations from both parties, and knows how to bring people together to get things done. In her service to the state, she has proven time and again that she will do everything in her power to ensure the health and safety of Michigan families everywhere.

"Ending the COVID-19 pandemic is going to take hard work and partnership between state government, businesses, and organizations across the state. I know that Elizabeth is ready and eager to start working with partners everywhere to get it done.”

Gordon had volunteered with President Joe Biden administration during its transition into the presidency, according to The Detroit News. He had recently become the face of executive orders issued by the MDHHS after it was ruled that Whitmer could not issue executive orders.

Gordon was appointed by Whitmer in January 2019 after serving as the senior vice president of finance and global strategy for the nonprofit College Board.

Prior to his time with the nonprofit, Gordon worked in the U.S. Department of Education as acting assistant secretary at the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.

Gordon has been described as the "quarterback for President Barack Obama administration’s evidence-based policymaking initiatives," according to his bio on the MDHHS website.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

This article originally appeared on the Detroit Patch

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