- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan’s top doctor will join Gov. Rick Snyder’s Cabinet and report directly to him in the wake of Flint’s water crisis.

Snyder signed an order Thursday establishing the Office of Chief Medical Executive and creating the Public Health Advisory Commission. The moves were recommended by a task force that deemed state government to be primarily responsible for Flint’s lead contamination.

The medical executive will still serve within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services while reporting to the governor.

One former agency employee recently struck a plea deal and acknowledged she was aware of Legionnaires’ disease cases in the Flint area around the time of Flint’s water switch but didn’t tell the public.

The 24-member commission will recommend to Snyder ways to improve public health.

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