Dr. Raul Pino resigns as Orange County director for Florida Department of Health

Pino served as Orange County medical director since May 2019

Dr. Raul Pino alongside Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. (Courtesy: Dr. Raul Pino, Copyright WKMG, ClickOrlando.com)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County resigned from his position.

Dr. Raul Pino confirmed to News 6 he is stepping away from his role with the Florida Department of Health and accepted a new job with Orange County as the new head of Health Services.

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His resignation comes over one month after Pino returned to work following an investigation by Florida’s inspector general into an email Pino sent to staff about the rate of vaccinations within his department, according to FDOH.

Pino had been on leave for more than a month after sending an email to staff, which included data regarding staff vaccinations.

He was named Orange County Medical Director in May 2019. He previously worked in Connecticut, including as Director of Health Services for the City of Hartford.

In his new role, Pino will oversee several offices in the county, including corrections health services, the drug-free office, the Orange County Medical Clinic, animal services and mosquito control. He will also be involved in any other “unique public health matters affecting county residents,” according to a news release from the county.

“Dr. Pino is a revered public health expert in Orange County,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. “He has an exceptional reputation amongst our citizens, as well as the professional medical community in Central Florida.”

Pino’s appointment is effective April 26, pending approval from the county commission, and his first day is expected to be May 2.

About the Author:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.