BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Department of Health Deputy Secretary Sybil Richard announced today her decision to return to her private sector career after six years in public service. Since January 2008, Richard has overseen the state's programs in mental health, addictive disorders, aging services, developmental disabilities and public health, among other major responsibilities. Her letter of resignation is attached.
“It has been a real honor to serve this great governor and to work with such a talented team," said Richard. "The decision to leave was a difficult one, but after six years in public service in two different states, I am just ready to return to my career. I'm proud of the work that is being done to transform Louisiana's health care system and that I have had the opportunity to be on this team."
Governor Bobby Jindal and LDH Secretary Alan Levine praised her work on behalf of Louisiana’s citizens.
“Sybil has done a great job for the people of Louisiana. It was clear from her first day on the job that she loves her home state and she served it well," said Governor Jindal.
“Sybil is my friend and a great public servant," said Levine. "I'm going to miss her. But I'm certain she will have great opportunities before her, and she will be successful. She is the kind of person who works hard, doesn't seek recognition and goes about serving for all the right reasons. I'm truly proud of her."
During her tenure, Richard helped oversee the beginning of the transformation of mental health services in New Orleans, led several legislative efforts to reform the state's mental health system, assisted in the state's preparation efforts for two major hurricanes, helped lead the state's response to the current flu pandemic, and oversaw the department's program offices.
A native of New Orleans, Richard came to LDH after serving as a part of the Florida health care team for Governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist. She also served as the director of policy and programs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in Alexandria, Virginia. She began her career as a community pharmacist in New Orleans. She received her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Xavier University, and master’s degree in Health Administration and doctor of jurisprudence from Indiana University.
Levine will recommend a replacement for Richard to the governor within the next two weeks. The position is a gubernatorial appointment subject to Senate confirmation.
The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about LDH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov.