RIPR News
4:41 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Fine to serve as permanent DOH director

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Governor Lincoln Chafee has finally selected a director for the Department of Health- the same man who's been running the agency for the past four months.

Since February, Dr. Michael Fine has been splitting his time between the Department of Health and his job as the medical director at the state prisons. The grueling schedule was supposed to last for only a few months as the state worked to find a permanent director.

When candidates for the job didn't work out, Fine says the governor's office asked if he'd consider keeping the position.

"It was within a couple of weeks ago," he says. "They said,'would you take a look at this,' and we had some conversations and it led to this."

Fine's schedule will continue to be hectic- he'll remain in his job at the prisons while the Department of Corrections looks for a replacement. He says he thinks he can handle the long hours for about another month.

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