* Colin Rorrie Jr. has resigned as executive director of the American College of Emergency Physicians, effective Sept. 1, to become president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International, based in Dallas.
Michael Gallery, deputy executive of the ACEP, will act as interim executive director while the organization looks for a permanent replacement. The ACEP's board of directors is forming a search committee to identify candidates and hire a search firm to work with the committee.
Prior to joining the ACEP, where he served for 21 years, Rorrie was director of HHS' Bureau of Health Planning. During his reign at the ACEP, the organization has grown to 22,000 members and an $18 million budget from 8,000 members and a budget of $5 million.
"I take with me many great memories and a real sense of accomplishment. I'm proud of what has been accomplished and the ACEP will always be close to my heart," Rorrie said.
* HHS Deputy Inspector General Vicki Shepard has withdrawn from her position and announced plans to retire when she becomes eligible in November. In the meantime, Shepard, who was in charge of investigations, has been assigned elsewhere, spokeswoman Judy Holtz said.
Shepard, a well-regarded regional inspector general in California for many years, was promoted by former HHS Inspector General Janet Rehnquist in a controversial restructuring that saw the retirement, reassignment or resignation of more than 20 top managers.
Rehnquist resigned in June after criticism from Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the President?s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, which released a report questioning Rehnquist?s judgment and behavior in several instances, including keeping an unauthorized handgun in her office and holding law enforcement credentials. The council was investigating Shepard for her alleged role in assisting Rehnquist.
Shepard could not be reached for comment.