Former N.C. Wildlife Resources Head Says Personnel Dispute Led

Argument continues over the departure of the director of North Carolina's Wildlife Resources Commission. Richard Hamilton says his departure came after the agency's board chairman tried to fire one of his top staff members illegally.

Hamilton resigned suddenly last week, saying he'd been told the commission no longer had confidence in him. He now tells The News & Observer that he was forced to resign when he refused to agree with plans to fire the agency's lobbyist.

Hamilton says the commissioners violated their own rules, state personnel procedures and an executive order from the governor, all of which are meant to protect employees from being unfairly fired.

Commission Chairman Wes Seegars declined to say much about the claims, except to deny that Hamilton was forced to resigned.