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The list of former staff includes Frank Farmer, former Secretary of Department of Health; Kim Berfield, former Deputy Secretary; Phyllis Sloyer, former director of Children Medical Services Director; Lisa Conti, former environmental health director; Jean Kline, formerly of emergency medical operations; Julie Meadows-Keefe, formerly a chief legal counsel; and attorney Donna Erlich.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by Trillium
I wonder if any have decided to relocate out of the state? That would be an alarm bell if the state's health officials started vacating the state.
Turnover in the Florida Department of Health continues with recent departures in the staff in the agency’s state contracting unit as well as the family health services division.
Rose Leah Gardner initially resigned on a phone call with Kristina Wiggins, a deputy secretary at the Department of Health, on April 5. Wiggins confirmed Gardner’s resignation in an email the next day.
Gardner worked with Gary Mahoney, the former deputy secretary of administration, and Matt Kirkland, the bureau chief for finance and accounting, both of whom resigned in March.
DOH communications director Ryan Wiggins said Gardner’s resignation “has nothing at all to do with any previous resignations.”
Gardner’s evaluation shows she was charged with strengthening the department’s “contracting integrity and oversight of federal and state resources.”
She was described in her annual evaluation as the agency’s "in-house expert in state and federal financial assistance oversight and Florida Single Audit laws and compliance.” Her evaluation notes that with proper staffing and support Gardner could “save the state millions.”
Annette Phelps, the director of the department’s family services division, resigned April 13. In a letter to interim Department of Health Secretary Steven Harris, Phelps said she tendered her resignation with “mixed emotions.”
For 30 years she worked at the department and helped develop maternal and child health programs such as Healthy Start but she resigned to take another job.
Phelps also received high scores on her evaluation.
There has been significant and abrupt turnover in high level administration at the Department of Health in the past six months.