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La. Governor's natural resources secretary resigns
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(AP:BATON ROUGE, La.) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's natural resources secretary, Scott Angelle, resigned Wednesday from the job that he's held for more than eight years.
Jindal's office announced Angelle's decision without offering any explanation for the departure.
But the announcement comes amid speculation that Angelle, who has been a member of the governor's inner circle of advisers, is considering a bid for a vacant seat on the Public Service Commission in this fall's election.
"Effective today, I am resigning from the position of Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. Thank you for all the courtesies you have extended to me. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served in this capacity. I wish you all the best," Angelle wrote in a letter to Jindal.
Angelle, from Breaux Bridge, has worked in many roles for the Republican governor. In addition to his cabinet post, Angelle was the governor's chief legislative lobbyist and the administration's liaison for federal oil and gas permitting issues.
"Scott has worn a lot of different hats for our administration and been a warrior for the people of Louisiana," Jindal said in a statement.
Angelle didn't return requests for comment about his resignation. A Jindal spokesman didn't answer questions about why Angelle resigned, directing the question to Angelle.
The governor appointed Stephen Chustz, an assistant secretary to Angelle, to lead the Department of Natural Resources as its interim secretary. Chustz has been assistant secretary of the Office of Coastal Management since October 2011. Before that, he was deputy assistant secretary for the office. He's also been the director of the Atchafalaya Basin Program since January 2009.
Angelle had been DNR secretary since 2004, when he was named to the job by then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco. Jindal appointed Angelle as a temporary lieutenant governor when the office was vacant for six months in 2010.
Jindal named Angelle to a seat on the LSU Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
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