La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary steps down

(WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary, Charlie Melancon, has stepped down from his position, the Governor's Office confirms.

Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14:

Secretary Melancon has been a tremendous public servant and great friend. From his time in Congress to serving at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, he has been a leader for our state. Charlie and I have agreed that we should move the agency in a different direction. This will be a time of transition for the department, but there are still positive reforms we can make to LDWF to correct the significant issues raised in the Legislative Auditor's report regarding the previous administration's mismanagement.

Representative Garret Graves also released a statement on Melancon's resignation Wednesday evening:

We appreciate Charlie's years of public service and wish him well in future endeavors. We also look forward to working with the new secretary to ensure Louisiana remains the Sportsman's Paradise. The State of Louisiana has a remarkable record of sustainable wildlife and fisheries leadership. We can build upon these successes by delegating management authority over larger areas of Gulf of Mexico fisheries.

The former congressman resigned on the heels of a state audit showing some problems under his predecessor.

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