Holman Says Departure From Clean Water Fund Is Voluntary

The head of the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund says his resignation next month is voluntary even though fund trustees placed him on a three-month probation over the summer.

Fund executive director Bill Holman announced yesterday at a trustee meeting that he will step down effective December 27th. He'll become a visiting scholar at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Holman apparently had clashed with developer and real estate interests over projects as well as administrative issues. The board placed him on probation from May until August.

The decade-old trust fund provides 100 million dollars a year in grants to communities and conservation groups to improve the state's waterways. It's governed by a 21-member board appointed by the governor, Senate leader and House speaker.