Forestry commission director resigns in light of $4 million debt

Joining the list of disgraced and resigned state directors today is John Shannon, the director of the Arkansas Forestry Commission, which has had its dirty laundry list of financial failures flash across media lines for weeks.

According to Arkansas News, the resignation was submitted and will become effective at the end of the day today. An audit of the agency following the reveal that it was $4 million in the red revealed that the director improperly used federal funding to operate everyday expenses and overstated the amount of grant money available, contributing to the shortfall.

To deal with the debt, last month the agency laid off 34 employees and allowed two more to quit. However, Gov. Mike Beebe announced this week that the agriculture department would move $550,000 into the troubled agency’s budget in an attempt to restore 15 of the lost jobs.

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