State health director resigns after 18 months

Posted July 30, 2013
Updated July 31, 2013

Dr. Laura Gerald, North Carolina's state health director, resigned Tuesday after 18 months on the job, according to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos.

"On behalf of nearly 18,000 DHHS employees, please join me in thanking Dr. Gerald for her service to the state and wishing her well on her future endeavors," Wos said in a statement.

Deputy Director of Public Health Danny Staley will temporarily serve as acting director of the Division of Public Health, Wos said.

A reason for Gerald stepping down was not released.


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  • WRAL_USER Aug 1, 2013

    They don't need to fire anyone... The GOP policies are sooooooooo bad for the citizens of NC that competent leaders like Dr. Gerald can't and won't be a part of it...

  • disgusted2010 Jul 31, 2013

    Why does this administration persist in lying? If they are firing people why can't they just admit it?

  • soyousay Jul 31, 2013

    I've never had healthcare thankfully never needed any....

    its a safe assumption someone gave birth to you

  • soyousay Jul 31, 2013

    If she resigned in protest I assume she would have stated that...

    she did, her resignation letter is now pulic record.

  • perseusomega9 Jul 31, 2013

    Well i feel vindicated

  • jackjones2nc Jul 31, 2013

    Dr Laura Gerald's resignation is a great loss for the citizens North Carolina.

  • hollylama Jul 31, 2013


  • cardboy826 Jul 31, 2013

    Why would she want a job from Obama? he pays women less than he pays men

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jul 31, 2013

    She'll at least get a raise now.

  • hollylama Jul 31, 2013

    She was Director of the Division of Public Health AND State Health Director. It should be noted that her job has now been pieced out to TWO different people.