MARYLAND

Anne Arundel County Department of Health racism allegations

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health secretary says the department will investigate allegations of racism against the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

Dr. Angela Wakhweya, who is black, was fired as county health officer by the county council in January. She told The Capital of Annapolis on Wednesday that she is considering contesting her firing in the courts. She also says she witnessed "racism against clients, racism against staff and racism against leadership."

Wakhweya's comments came after a meeting between state health secretary Dr. Joshua Sharfstein and local African-American leaders. Sharfstein said the department would look into the allegations.

County health department employee George Phillips says Wakhweya's removal generated discussions of racism. Others who spoke at the meeting said they'd seen a racist attitude toward people served by the department.

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