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Posted at 1:54 PM ET, 06/ 8/2010

D.C. AIDS director resigns

By Washington Post editors

UPDATED: After working to turn around a District agency that one city official described as “dysfunctional bordering on comical” before her arrival, Shannon L. Hader abruptly resigned as director of the HIV/AIDS Administration, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced.

Hader’s resignation is effective July 15, days after she is scheduled to return from personal leave to undergo unspecified surgery. The administration’s chief medical officer, Nnemdi Kamanu Elias, will serve as interim director, Fenty said. Hader’s three-year stint made her the longest-serving director in almost a decade, as other leaders came and went amid criticism for poor management and incompetence.

Original post:

Shannon Hader, director of the city's HIV/AIDS Administration, is expected to resign Tuesday, three years after taking over a beleaguered agency she is credited with turning around.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty called a 3 p.m. news conference to "make an announcement about leadership in the Department of Health."

Hader has been credited with improving the city's response to the epidemic. Under her leadership, D.C. last year produced its first-ever report documenting that 3 percent of the population had been tested and was known to have HIV/AIDS. That percentage was among the highest the nation, and Hader drew criticism by comparing the size of the epidemic to parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Critics say that before Hader took over, the administration was mired in dysfunction as directors rotated in and out of the leadership for a decade. Health care activists routinely gave the city low marks for its response to the crisis before Hader's arrival. After her arrival, the marks improved.

-- Darryl D. Fears

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  aids, dc aids, dc hiv, hiv  
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I'm curious as to why...sounds like she was doing a good job, and it's probably too early to leave. Oh well...guess that's the way the world works.

Posted by: akchild | June 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to DC.

Posted by: BLKManCommonSense | June 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

You know who is behind this, Cantania of course.

Just amazing how these politicians forget about all the people of the city and focus only on issues that pertain to their particular culture.

Posted by: weaverf | June 8, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

This is very sad. Dr. Hader will be missed.

Posted by: rovner | June 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I just cannot believe this. DC is destined to head to hell in a handbasket. Dr. Hader took over one of the most dysfunctional departments in DC government and tried to make it better.

Posted by: BLKManCommonSense | June 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

How informative! Did you just paraphrase the press release? - or worse?

Posted by: MrToad | June 8, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

documenting that 3 percent of the population had been tested and was known to have HIV/AIDS? How can this be?. It makes little sense...

Posted by: mencantabailar | June 8, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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