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Ducey boots Arizona Parks chief Sue Black; 3 other dep't heads out

Four directors of Arizona state government departments are leaving, with a pair out effective immediately: State Parks & Trails head Sue Black, who had been on administrative leave, and State Forester Jeff Whitney.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office announced the moves Friday afternoon, burying the news about Black and Whitney below announcements of the retirements of David Briant, head of the Department of Revenue, and Dan Bergin, the director of the Department of Gaming.

Black and James Keegan, deputy director of State Parks, are out effective Friday.

Black was put on administrative leave about two weeks ago after allegations were made that her department flouted state protections when an archeological site at Lake Havasu State Park was bulldozed earlier this year. She had previously faced other claims of misconduct, but Ducey allowed her to remain in her post in 2017 after a review by his office found no laws had been broken.

Ted Vogt, who previously served as the chief operating officer for the state of Arizona, will continue to serve as the interim director of the agency.

Also out Friday was Jeff Whitney, director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Management. David Tenney, director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office, will serve as interim director of Forestry while continuing his existing duties, the Governor's Office said.

David Briant, director of the Department of Revenue, will retire after 31 years of service with the state, effective Dec. 1. Current Chief Deputy Director Carlton Woodruff has been named interim director.

Dan Bergin, director of the Department of Gaming, will retire after nearly 23 years of service with the state, effective Nov. 30. James Ashley, director of the Industrial Commission of Arizona, will serve in a dual role as interim director of Gaming while continuing his existing duties.

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