Missouri Governor Mike Parson said he asked Randall Williams, Director of Health and Senior Services, on Thursday. ResignAnd now, I hope the sector will be “rebuilt” with the influx of new directors and federal funds.
However, Person did not provide any further details as to why Williams departed. It comes after four turbulent years limited by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I thought it was the best thing for the cabinet and the best thing for the governor’s office to move in different directions,” he told reporters.
Person announced the resignation of Williams this week and was temporarily replaced by Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Nodel, a leader in vaccine development in the state. His administration refused to release a copy of his resignation, calling it a personnel document.
This move took place when the state entered a stage of diminishing interest in the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Thursday, 45% of Missouri adults were receiving the first dose, but Parson said demand had “significantly declined” in the last two weeks. Experts say that approximately 75-80% of the population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
Parson responded to Williams’ resignation and said he was not dissatisfied with Williams’ performance, although last year was a “very stressful environment” for the Cabinet. He also said it was a good time to hire a new health director, implying that he might have wanted a change sooner.
“When you’re going through the election process, it’s very difficult to hire someone because you don’t know if you’ll be elected governor,” he said. “We will look for the best qualified people wherever we are.”
Williams, a gynecologist who posted under former Governor Eric Greatens, has weathered A series of controversies It prioritized politics over public health over the decisions critics said. They include state-wide masking obligations during a pandemic and government refusal to close businesses, a health sector license dispute with the state’s only abortion clinic, and the treatment of the widely criticized medical marijuana license. I did.
Person acknowledged Williams’ bumpy tenure on Thursday, but said he believed he had done an “outstanding job.”
Mr. Person said he would “push hard” on the cabinet. “I expect a quality job. I expect people to do their job. Dr. Williams, he is a friend. He was with me so he did a great job He has been loyal to me ever since he came here. I wish him all the best. Sometimes I have to sit down and talk to the people at the table so that I can move forward. You can find out the best way to do it. “
He hinted that the same thing happened to Drew Eldman, the state’s chief operating officer who also resigned.
“When I sat with both [Williams] And Drew, we talked about things, the future, and at this point we thought it was best to break the path, “he said.
He said Mr. Person is aiming to take up the post of health director soon.
Deputy Director Knodell has no medical background and was criticized on Tuesday by Rep. Radonna Appelbaum, the highest Democrat of the House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee.
Parson said Thursday that parliamentarians cut his position as deputy health director in 2018 after the government rejected the number of people who tested positive for the potentially deadly Bourbon virus. He said he had appointed Nodel.
Knodell “has been involved in COVID-19 from the beginning,” he said. “He was a logical candidate so far, but look, this is a very temporary mission.”