The primary gatekeeper for those who would like to explore President Obama’s original birth documentation on file with the state of Hawaii has left her post.
The Hawaii Department of Health today confirmed to WND that the term for department Director Chiyome Fukino, M.D., ended on Dec. 6 and that she no longer is serving at her previous position, in what is being described as a normal change of command as Gov. Neil Abercrombe takes office.
Abercrombie was sworn in on Monday, Dec. 7, as Hawaii’s seventh governor, succeeding Republican Gov. Linda Lingle. Until the state senate confirms a new director for the Hawaii Department of Health, Fukino is being replaced by interim Acting Director Keith R. Ridley, the former program chief of Health Care Assurance for the Hawaii Department of Health.
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“Gov. Neil Abercrombie has asked Keith Ridley to serve as the state’s acting director of health to perform the duties of the director of the department until the vacancy in office is filled by an interim appointment, the state senate confirms someone to serve as the director for the remainder of the governor’s term, or Feb. 4, 2011, whichever comes first,” Janice Okubo, a spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Health, told WND in an e-mail.
Read More: By Jerome R. Corsi, WND