Dept. of Health fired inspector for being “too good” at his job

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As an investigator for the Florida Department of Health, it is possible to be fired for being “gung-ho” at your job?

As reported by Health News Florida, two employees — an investigator and his boss — considered by outsiders as particularly adept at discovering illegal activity have left the DOH.

Christopher Knox tells Miami WSVN-TV/7 News was fired because his superiors directed him not to cooperate with the Florida state Attorney’s Office about pharmacies suspected in drug trafficking. Knox, who passed on the illegal activity to police, said that DOH rules are to cooperate with law enforcement. He said the orders he was given were “illegal.”

Knox provided e-mails supporting the claim his agency forced him to break contact with the State’s Attorney office.

Frank Figueredo, Knox’s immediate supervisor, resigned instead of following orders to prevent Knox from working with law enforcement.

When asked to respond, DOH officials denied giving Knox the orders.

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