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Ducey Fires State Parks Director Sue Black

By Stina Sieg
Published: Friday, November 16, 2018 - 5:30pm
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Gov. Doug Ducey has fired state parks director Sue Black.

Black had been on leave since the beginning of the month, when the state announced a criminal investigation into whether her agency had bulldozed archaeological sites.

The Arizona Attorney General’s investigation into whether Black and deputy parks director Jim Keegan went around antiquities laws in order to build new trails and cabins is ongoing, but now both are out.

Their departures were announced in an email to media innocuously titled “Governor’s Office Announces Administration Changes.” The email also said Ted Vogt, former chief operating officer for the state, will continue to serve as the interim director of the agency.

Black was appointed state parks director in 2015. In that time, she was investigated multiple times for allegedly mistreating employees.