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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham’s Health Director has tendered his resignation, according to an email Dr. Sam Wong sent out today, December 29.

Framingham Health Director Sam Wong will end his time with Framingham this week in an email.

The City of Framingham issued a press release after 7 p.m. stating that Dr. Wong will be taking medical leave as of December 31.

“I would like to let you know that I have resigned from my position at Framingham. This week is my last week on the job,” wrote Wong in an email.

“Samuel S. Wong, Director of Framingham’s Public Health Department, will take medical leave, and his last day in the office is Thursday, December 31,” said the press release.

The news media outlet asked the City’s spokesperson if Mayor Yvonne Spicer did not accept Dr. Wong’s resignation, and the city spokesperson responded “He is taking medical leave. That’s all I know.”

This email was sent by Sam Wong on his City account today, December 29:

Alexandra M. DePalo (current Assistant Director) will serve in Dr. Wong’s stead, said the press release.

Hired in August 2017, by Town Manager Bob Halpin and the then-Framingham Board of Selectmen, Wong previously worked for the Town of Hudson.

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Wong served as President of the Massachusetts Health Officers Association.

Dr. Wong is a scholar with the Northeast Public Health Leadership Institute and earned his graduate degrees from the University of Rhode Island. He is a gubernatorial appointed Council Member for both the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Massachusetts Food Policy Council and serves on many statewide committees including the Special Commission on Local & Regional Health, Community Advisory Board of Harvard Catalyst, and Massachusetts Cancer Research Roundtable.

Dr. Wong has been recognized a number of times through the years for his work in public health. He has been the recipient of a number of state and regional awards, including the Deborah Blumer Community Health Leadership Award from the MetroWest Health Foundation and the John D. Crowley Award from the Massachusetts Health Officers Associations.

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