SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - After serving as Executive Director for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for nearly eight years, Trudy Fisher is stepping down from her position later this summer. Fisher made the announcement to MDEQ employees through an email on Wednesday.
Fisher was named to MDEQ's top post in 2007 by Gov. Haley Barbour, and was held in the same position by current Gov. Phil Bryant. She is the first woman to serve as the head of MDEQ. Fisher said after taking some time off, she will explore her options outside of state government.
"I feel good about where things are at MDEQ and feel the time is right to make a transition," said Fisher. "I will miss my everyday interactions with all of you who suit up every day in service to you neighbors."
Fisher and MDEQ have played an important role in determining how Mississippi should spend money from fines levied against BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.