Former House member Kim Berfield, who became the Department of Health’s chief liaison at the Capitol, has resigned as deputy secretary of the agency. Berfield submitted a resignation letter Tuesday to state Surgeon General Frank Farmer but did not detail her reasoning in the letter. She will be on leave until the Jan. 3 effective date of the resignation. Farmer sent an e-mail to staff members saying that Lucy Gee, who has directed the Division of Medical Quality Assurance, will serve as interim deputy secretary. “Kim has been an extraordinary leader whose many talents have been beneficial to this agency over her tenure here as Deputy Secretary,” Farmer said in the e-mail. “She has been a dedicated and committed civil servant to the taxpayers of Florida both in her role in the Florida Legislature and here at the Department of Health.” Farmer said he hopes to find a permanent replacement for Berfield by the Jan. 10 start of the legislative session. Berfield, a Republican, was elected to the House in 2000 from a Pinellas County district. She ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat in 2006.
Via The News Service of Florida.