Second employee of Michighealth department given separation agreement

A second high-ranking member of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services received an outgoing separation agreement earlier this year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sarah Esty, who served as Senior Deputy Director for Policy and Planning Administration for MDHHS, left the department in January after about two years on the job, according to her LinkedIn account.

As part of her departure, she signed a separation agreement, according to a spokesperson for the department. MLive asked for a copy of the agreement, but had not yet received it or any other details. It is unclear whether there is a financial incentive attached to the separation agreement.

Esty was at least the second member of the state health department to receive such a deal, joining former director Robert Gordon, who last week signed a deal to get paid nine months’ wages and …

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