Orange County Department of Health director resigns amidst email controversy, accepts new position with county

The Chief Health Officer of the Department of Health in Orange County has resigned after an extended leave for sending an email to staff concerning their vaccination status and will now accept a new position within the Orange County government.

Dr. Raul Pino will take his new role as Director of Orange County Health Services Department on April 26 after three years at the helm of the FDOH in Orange County.

Earlier this year, Pino was placed on extended leave after he sent an email to staff allegedly criticizing those that are unvaccinated.

“Dr. Pino is a revered public health expert in Orange County. He has an exceptional reputation amongst our citizens, as well as the professional medical community in Central Florida,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings in a statement.

Prior to coming to the state of Florida in 2019, Pino served as the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Health for four years.

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