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Tennessee health commissioner leaving post next month

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Tenn. Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey is leaving state government next month.

Gov. Bill Lee announced Pierce's departure on Thursday. It is effective May 31. Lee will name a successor in coming weeks.

Piercey joined the administration in January 2019 and was a member of the Governor’s Unified Command Group during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee said in a statement that she led the state's response to one of its most challenging crises.

Piercey told WPLN-FM she wants to spend more time with family and start a consulting firm.