Michigan's top health official abruptly resigns without explanation, deputy replaces him

LANSING, Mich. — Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and a key, but controversial figure in the state’s response to COVID-19, announced his resignation Friday from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration. Gordon gained the public spotlight after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Oct. 2 that Whitmer had violated her constitutional power by continuing to issue executive orders to combat COVID-19 without the approval of state lawmakers. The governor’s administration quickly shifted to using epidemic orders issued by Gordon under the Public Health Code to …

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