July 31, 2013

Maine CDC official resigns over public records flap

Sharon Leahy-Lind complained that she was ordered to shred public documents.

The Associated Press

LEWISTON — The Maine Center for Disease Control official who complained that she was ordered to shred public documents resigned Wednesday, saying her job had become intolerable since she refused to destroy the documents.

Sharon Leahy-Lind, director of the CDC's Division of Local Public Health, filed a discrimination complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission in April, saying her bosses harassed and assaulted her after she refused to destroy the scoring results related to competitive awards of funding for 27 Healthy Maine Partnerships.

The Legislature's watchdog agency, the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, is also looking into the allegations as well as the workplace atmosphere.

Leahy-Lind said in a statement that her job became intolerable.

"I can no longer work in an environment where experience and expertise is cast aside, people are discouraged from acting honorably and those who come forward with complaints are targeted for harassment and abuse," she said in a statement issued through her attorney, Cynthia Dill of Portland.

John Martins, spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, said the agency does not comment on personnel matters.

Leahy-Lind's resignation Wednesday was first reported by the Sun Journal.

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