Mississippi DEQ director Trudy Fisher resigning later this summer

JACKSON, Mississippi — Trudy Fisher, Mississippi’s chief environmental regulator, will resign her post at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality at the end of the summer.

Fisher, 53, announced the news Wednesday to agency employees in an email obtained by The Associated Press. She said she will “explore options outside state government” after taking a break.

Fisher was appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour in 2007 and held over by Gov. Phil Bryant.

“I want to thank Trudy Fisher for her seven years of service as the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality,” Bryant said in a statement. “During her time with MDEQ her hard work has been critical to the state after disasters like Hurricane Katrina and leading the recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”

A former general counsel at MDEQ, the lawyer was working for the Jackson-based Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes law firm when she was named. In a four-page statement posted to MDEQ’s website, Fisher said she always intended to go back to private work.