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2 more officials leave state medical board

The state medical board’s general counsel has resigned, and its public spokesman was fired Monday, building on two years of turnover at the agency.

Special Assistant Russell Aims, the spokesman, was let go after about nine years with the Board of Registration in Medicine, which is charged with licensing and disciplining doctors. General Counsel Brenda Beaton had held her position since 2006.

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Board chairwoman Dr. Candace Sloane would not comment specifically on the departures, but said “the board is going in the right direction,” with changes to staffing and protocol and a revamped physician database, with more public information about those who have been disciplined.

Aims and Beaton had served much of their tenure under Dr. Stancel Riley, the executive director who stepped down in December. In the 18 months prior to Riley’s departure, Governor Deval Patrick’s administration began a complete overhaul of the board, replacing members or leaving seats open as others departed.

Riley left as the Patrick administration faced pressure last year to strengthen state regulatory boards, following a national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to drugs produced at a Framingham compounding pharmacy that received little state oversight from the pharmacy board.

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Aims declined Tuesday to comment in detail on his departure , and Beaton could not be reached. Katherine Dudich, an attorney with the board, will serve as acting general counsel.

The Globe reported in March that e-mails sent from Riley’s state account were missing in the days after he left his post. They reportedly were recovered in archived files on a state server. The Globe filed a public records request for the documents in January, but the state has not yet provided the e-mails.

Health and Human Services spokesman Alec Loftus said Monday that the redaction of non-public information was ongoing and that he did not know when the records would be available.

Chelsea Conaboy can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @cconaboy.
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