Gov. Whitmer, former MDHHS director agree to waive confidentiality agreement
“On occasion, there were robust conversations about policy issues where reasonable people could disagree and did,” Gordon wrote. “This was healthy: the stakes were life and death, and different people have different roles.”In his letter, Gordon didn’t give any specific details and only said that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan during the pandemic saved lives. Ad“I was honored to play a part in that work,” Gordon wrote. “Governor Whitmer deserves a health director with whom she is comfortable.”The letter was released hours after Whitmer’s office confirmed both sides were agreeing to end the confidentiality surrounding Gordon’s resignation and $155,000 payout.
Gov. Whitmer releases Executive Directive on state separation agreements
LANSING, Mich. – After the controversy surrounding the abrupt resignation and separation agreement involving former Michigan health chief Robert Gordon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered changes to the use of these agreements in state government. Whitmer directs changes to use of separation agreements in state governmentWhitmer released an Executive Directive on Friday on how state agencies can end employee contracts. The directive said state agencies can still enter into agreements with pay-outs -- something the state already does -- and it still allows for confidentiality agreements, unless it would cover up illegal activity. Ad”I am proud of these measures because they will benefit both state employees and the people of Michigan,” Whitmer said.
Watchdog: Least corrupt nations produce best virus response
Countries with the least corruption have been best positioned to weather the health and economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a closely-watched annual study released Thursday by anti-graft watchdog organization Transparency International. The link between corruption and coronavirus response could be widely seen around the world, according to the report's analysis. 1 as the least corrupt nation with a score of 88 and has been lauded for its pandemic response, there was room for improvement, Transparency noted. “While the government communicates openly about the measures and policies it puts in place, more transparency is needed around public procurement for COVID-19 recovery,” the organization wrote. Overall, of 180 countries surveyed, two thirds scored below 50 out of 100 and the average score was 43.
MSP launches Citizen Advisory Council website
DETROIT The Citizen Advisory Council has been created to give people a closer look at whats going on with the Michigan State Police department. One of the things that weve been working on our strategic plan was trying to be a little bit more transparent, said Lt. Mike Shaw. Lt. Shaw, with Michigan State Police, said the solution has been found with a brand new site on the world wide web. What were doing as far as our strength report and things like that -- all of our non-confidential policies and procedures are also on this website, added Lt. Shaw. The goal is to improve overall police relations, giving the people the power to hold MSP officers and the department accountable.