JACKSON, Miss. – The head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is calling it quits. Trudy Fisher emailed her employees informing them of her resignation Wednesday. This comes a week after the department was questioned about blacked out public records that totaled to nearly $6 million in spending in Hinds County Chancery Court.
“The people of Mississippi absolutely have every right to know how that money is being spend. It is there money after all to be used to clean up the Gulf Coast. Right now it seems that the only thing that is happening is its being shoveled into the pockets of lawyers and consultants,” said plaintiff attorney Matt Eichelberger.
Fisher was appointed to the top spot at MDEQ by Gov. Haley Barbour in 2007 and was held over by Gov. Phil Bryant. Fisher said her reason for resigning was to explore her options outside of state government.