Guam - KUAM News has confirmed that Dr. David Shimizu has called it quits at the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Deputy Director Jason Tedtaotao confirms that his resignation is effective tomorrow, Saturday, January 9.
The resignation comes as the local agency faces the possibility of federal receivership. Shimizu could not be reached for comment.
A press release from Adelup was released, as Governor Felix Camacho accepted his resignation and appointed the director of community integration, Attorney Elizabeth Cruz to serve as acting Mental Health director. Cruz is also currently serving as assistant legal counsel to the governor and has been working closely with the agency in meeting the requirements of the amended permanent injunction.
The governor wished Dr. Shimizu well in his future endeavors, adding that leadership is tested during times of adversity and in his short amount of time at the department he had proven his ability to lead and serve the people of Guam.