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State Parks and Recreation Director Fired for Sitting on Surplus Funds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation has resigned and a deputy has been fired after officials learned the department has been sitting on nearly $54 million in surplus money for years.State Parks Director Ruth Coleman stepped down Friday along with a chief deputy amid questions about the department’s funds. Clark Blanchard, a spokesman for the secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, says the California Attorney General’s office is investigating and state finance officials will conduct an audit. Some state parks have been threatened with closure because of the budget crisis.Share your comments about this story with us on the KEY News Facebook page. Connect with KEY News on Twitter

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