Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego CO Relieved

Story Number: NNS120501-26Release Date: 5/1/2012 6:05:00 PM
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From Navy Medicine Support Command Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The commanding officer of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC), Portsmouth, Va., relieved the commanding officer of the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (NDSLSD), May 1.

Cmdr. Lee D. Hoey was relieved by Capt. Mike Macinski who who cited a loss of confidence in Hoey's ability to command due to fostering a poor command climate.

Cmdr. Shelly Hakspiel, NDSL executive officer, was also relieved. NMCPHC has oversight of the Navy's drug screening program and laboratories.

Cmdr. Lisa McWhorter, Navy drug screening program manager, will serve as the interim commanding officer until properly relieved by Lt. Cmdr. Matt Jamerson later in the month.

"The problems that occurred with the drug laboratory leadership had no effect on sample processing, accuracy or the ability of the lab to otherwise carry out its mission," Macinski said. "The responsibility of officers in command for their units, Sailors and mission is absolute. We take their performance very seriously, and our standards of conduct and performance for commanding officers are extremely high."

Macinski added that the change in leadership will be transparent to customers and will have no impact on the laboratory's ability to effectively carry out its mission. The action is being taken to eliminate the possibility that poor leadership could eventually negatively impact the mission of the drug lab.

NDSLSD processed over 900,000 military member samples during the past year without error and is one of three NDSLs. The other two are located at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill.

Macinski said NDSL SD remains committed to fulfilling its mission as a premier forensic drug testing facility for Navy and Department of Defense customers.

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