Dr. Chris Urbina, Governor John Hickenlooper’s executive director and chief medical officer a the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, resigned during the outbreak of wildfires last week.
Is this just the beginning of a mass exodus within the embattled Hickenlooper administration, or is Urbina simply departing quietly after the string of missteps in his organization? Urbina’s leadership had been the subject of criticism in recent months after it was discovered that its toxicology labs had fubar’d operations to the point that some police units had stopped using the labs in recent months, according to the Denver Post. Attorney Gary Pirosko, affiliated with the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar placed the responsibility of the bungled testing on Urbina:
“I don’t know what Urbina knew and when he knew it; he may have just gotten caught up and this is a political move to save face. I think he’s responsible because of the breadth of all the problems. He may not have known, but he certainly should have known.”
Of course, Hick was quick to heap praise on the disgraced official: continue…