DeNorcey to retire from Public Health on July 3

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Linda DeNorcey, director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, said they're taking a proactive approach to be very prepared against the coronavirus.
DeNorcey retirement memo to her staff

Public Health Director Linda Unpingco-DeNorcey has announced her retirement effective next Friday, July 3.

DeNorcey sent out a memo Thursday to her staff advising them of her decision.

“This is to formally announce to you that I will be retiring effective July 3, 2020 after thirty-four years and four months of dedicated services to the Department of Public Health and Social Services,” wrote DeNorcey.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for all your hard work and dedication.”

Laurent SF Duenas has been appointed Acting Director.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero issued a statement Thursday evening praising DeNorcey’s years of service.

“For more than three decades, Linda has served the People of Guam. She has been committed, extremely competent, and dedicated to the health of our people. COVID-19 has forced each of us to hold even closer to those we love. Her sense of urgency, her experience and her successes have benefited not just her agency but the community as a whole. If anyone has earned the right to rest, it is Linda. She will be missed, and we greatly appreciate her service,” wrote the Governor.

This is the fourth high level resignation from the Leon Guerrero administration in the past 2 months.

Her former Chief of Staff, Tony Babauta, confirmed his resignation on May 1.

Four days later, on May 5th, Guam Visitors Bureau President and CEO Pilar Laguana announced her retirement.

This past Monday, on June 22, Guam International Airport Executive Manager Tom Ada suddenly announced his resignation.