Michigan health official charged in Flint water emergency tapped to lead new council

Dr. Eden Wells
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LANSING (WJRT) (11/21/2017) - One of the top officials charged in Flint's water emergency has been picked to head a new statewide council aimed at improving Michigan's response to public health threats.

Dr. Eden Wells is the state's chief medical executive. On Monday, Gov. Rick Snyder established the new Public Health Advisory Council and tapped Wells to lead it.

It will implement recommendations from the state's Public Health Commission and will provide advice about emerging public health issues.

"Our residents and their health should always come first and I'm confident this council will help improve the public health and safety of all Michiganders," Snyder said in a written statement.

Wells is charged with involuntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office related to a Legionnaire's disease outbreak that occurred after Flint switched from the Great Lakes Water Authority in Detroit to pumping drinking water from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015.

On Tuesday, Wells was scheduled to appear in Genesee County District Court for the continuation of a probable cause conference, during which a judge will decide whether she should stand trial.

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