Olga Dazzo, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, has resigned, effective Sept. 1, to join the private sector, she wrote today in an email to staff. She's 62.
James Haveman Jr., 69, a former director of Community Health from 1996 to 2003, will take over the department during the first week of September, said Dazzo, who will remain with the department for two months to help with the transition.
Haveman, who lives in Grand Rapids, also was the Coalition Provisional Authority senior adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Health starting in 2003. The authority was the interim government running Iraq after U.S. forces ousted Saddam Hussein.
"This change is good for all of us," Dazzo said in the email. "Jim is greatly experienced … and will continue to work with all of you in driving the health and wellness agenda."
Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Dazzo in December 2010.