ONLINE FIRST: Char confirmed as health director

  • Courtesy state Department of Health Dr. Libby Char on Tuesday was sworn in as the new director of the state Department of Health.

The state Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Dr. Libby Char as director of the state Department of Health.

“I’m honored to be leading DOH with our team of 2,500 dedicated, passionate, and skilled individuals,” Char said. “Throughout the past year, this team has spearheaded a science-based, rational approach to save lives and help Hawaii navigate through the pandemic.

“Looking forward, we must seek new opportunities and seize them when they arise to take lessons learned from COVID-19 to benefit our state’s recovery from the pandemic and beyond,” she added.

Char has served in the role in an interim capacity since the September retirement of former health director Bruce Anderson.

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