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Shirkey comments on vote to confirm Elizabeth Hertel as MDHHS director

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the Senate’s vote on the appointment of Elizabeth Hertel as director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:

“My vote in favor of Elizabeth Hertel’s appointment does not reflect agreement with her decisions as deputy director and now as director of MDHHS, but rather my belief that her background and expertise make her qualified for the job.

“To her credit, in the short time since her appointment, I have had more conversations with Elizabeth than I did over two years with her predecessor. That communication with the Legislature must continue if we are to repair the damage done by the incompetence of the previous leadership.

“In our conversations, I have made it clear to Elizabeth that I will continue to push for an end to the nonsensical loophole that allows the department director to control and harm the lives and livelihoods of Michiganders for months or even years on end.”