from Department of Public Health Director Beverly Wooley's resignation letter, dated Friday, June 5, 2009:
Dear DPH Team – You are an incredible group of individuals whose efforts make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of Alaskans every day. It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your Director these past 20 months, but the time has come for me to move on. I’m sorry I was not able to personally convey this news to many of you, but time did not allow.
I will be leaving state government service, effective July 1, 2009, per Governor Palin’s request.
It has been a blessing to work with such a diverse array of talented people – the DPH Team! Your compassion and commitment to public health is remarkable. I am thankful for the time we have shared in service to the people of Alaska, helping to inspire and shape public health practices and policies for the benefit of all people.
Even though your deeds to protect and promote the health and safety of our residents aren’t always acknowledged, they are appreciated. Thanks to all of you for helping to make our communities great places to live, work and play. Keep up the strong work.
I’d also especially like to thank Dr. Butler for his strong leadership, immense knowledge and unwavering support. He is undoubtedly one of the best Chief Medical Officers I have ever had an opportunity to work for.
I will miss all of you, but I leave you with a very competent and committed DPH Leadership Team. Working collaboratively, I am confident you will continue to provide Alaska residents with the excellent public health services they have come to rely on.
I look forward to working with you again in the near future. Until then, I wish you peace and good health. Take care of yourself and of each other. Please keep in touch. Beginning in July, my new contact information is:
[Deleted for privacy]
With warm regards,
Beverly K. Wooley
Director, Division of Public Health
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services