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Ex-health director gets $155,000 in separation agreement

Gordon resigned in January after the Michigan Supreme Court effectively invalidated many of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 executive orders.
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FILE - In this June 26, 2019 file photo, Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state will make it easier for low-income residents to qualify for public assistance by raising the limit on the value of assets they can have. The Democrat announced the changes Thursday Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/David Eggert File)

LANSING, Mich. — Former Michigan Department of Public Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon will receive more than $155,000 as part of a separation agreement. 

The agreement revealed Monday calls for Gordon to drop all claims against the state. It also promises legal assistance in matters relating to actions he took while director. 

Gordon resigned in January after the Michigan Supreme Court effectively invalidated many of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gordon issued essentially the same mandates under state laws unaddressed by the court, prompting protests outside his home.

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