RIDOH Deputy Director McCarthy announces resignation

THOMAS MCCARTHY, who was serving as the deputy director of the R.I. Department of Health, told colleagues that he's leaving the organization. / COURTESY WPRI
THOMAS MCCARTHY, who was serving as the deputy director of the R.I. Department of Health, told colleagues that he's leaving the organization. / COURTESY WPRI

PROVIDENCE – Less than a week after Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott announced her resignation as the director of the R.I. Department of Health, her second-in-command told colleagues on Thursday that he’s now stepping aside as well, according to a spokesperson for the department.

Thomas McCarthy, who was appointed as the state’s executive director for the R.I. Department of Health’s COVID Response Unit in February 2021, before becoming the deputy director of the department in December last year, is leaving at the end of January, RIDOH spokesperson Joseph Wendelken said.

“Tom let staff know today that he is leaving his position as the deputy director of RIDOH,” Wendelken said in an email.

Just last week, McCarthy was responding to questions at Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s most recent COVID-19 briefing, offering details of how Rhode Island was ramping up its COVID-19 testing capacity.

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A spokesperson for McKee’s office declined to comment, referring questions to the Department of Health.

Before joining the RIDOH, McCarthy was chief of staff for the Rhode Island commission of education from May 2020 through February 2021. Before that, he was the director of the pharmacy benefits management innovation division at CVS Health Corp.

A West Point graduate, McCarthy served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan as an aviation task force commander and, before that, as chief of operations for the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

According to a report by the Boston Globe, McCarthy is planning to take the month of February off before entering the private sector, taking a position at a technology company called United Us.

Marc Larocque is a PBN staff writer. Contact him at Larocque@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter @LaRockPBN.

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