Rockwall County’s Health Authority has resigned five months after being hired. Dr. Jamie Metcalf-Kelly cited Rockwall County officials’ “disregard for standard public health procedures” in her resignation letter.
Dr. Kelly expressed her dismay in the letter to Rockwall County Commissioners. The letter was obtained by NBCDFW.
Dr. Kelly wrote, “I understood I would be part of a ‘Covid Team’ working on a coordinated plan to address this crisis in Rockwall. This has not been the case. There is no ‘team’ or up to date plan and any input I offered was tolerated but not acted upon.”
She continued, “Decisions are made unilaterally with a disregard for standard public health procedures and the epidemiological facts of Covid 19. We are falling woefully short of the mandate to serve and protect the residents of Rockwall County. The Health Authority position needs to be statutorily delineated with defined responsibilities and the authority to carry them out. In the absence of this, the role of Health Authority in Rockwall County will remain ornamental.”
Dr. Gary Bonacquisti resigned as the Rockwall County Health Authority in July 2020. Part of the reason he provided for resigning was the continued attempts by the local government to hold large public gatherings.