County’s top health official resigns

Dr. Nichole Quick, the chief health officer of the County of Orange, resigned last night (Monday, June 9). She becomes the second high-ranking Orange County health official to depart office in recent months.

Dr. Quick last month issued the controversial order requiring residents of the County to wear face masks in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since that order, Quick has received a number of threats and criticism, including demonstrations in front of her home, which required heightened security for her and her family.

Quick departed with a severance agreement giving her $75,000. 

Her resignation is the County’s second following David Souleles, the deputy agency director of public health services, who retired in April.

Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau is expected to assume Quick’s duties.