Nick Lyon, a Snyder administration official who has faced scrutiny in the Flint water crisis, has apparently suffered some type of injury that will cause him to miss several weeks of work.
Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, was involved in a mishap while spending the weekend with his family at northern Michigan’s Boyne Mountain ski resort.
In typical fashion, reflecting the lack of straightforward information throughout the Flint water crisis, the statement from the state DHS does not explain whether Lyon was hurt in a skiing accident, a car accident — or what. The announcement of his hospitalization due to an injured shoulder came three days after the incident.
Here is the statement issued earlier this afternoon by MDHHS Chief Deputy Director Tim Becker:
“Over the weekend, director Nick Lyon had an accident at Boyne Mountain while spending time with his family, and is currently in the hospital awaiting shoulder surgery later this week. He is doing well and we expect him back within the coming weeks once he has had time to heal and recover. Director Lyon had driven to Boyne Friday evening to meet his family and was injured on Saturday.
“Until his return, I will be working closely with our leadership team to lead all department matters, including this week’s budget presentations. I have been actively involved in all department priorities, particularly our department efforts in Flint, so there will be continuity in all focus areas. Please join us in wishing Director Lyon a quick and healthy recovery.”