Updated 7/30/14 at 3 p.m.
Teresa Marks, longtime director of the Arkansas Department of an Environmental Quality, has announced her retirement, effective Sept. 30.
Marks sent out an email on Tuesday afternoon to ADEQ staff, announcing the retirement and the fact that current deputy director Ryan Benefield will fill the role as active director until a replacement is named.
Current legal division chief Tammera Harrelson will become acting deputy director, according to the email.
Marks also wrote: “I know the department frequently comes under pressure for actions or decisions that are beyond your control, but you handle it professionally, focusing on the work to be accomplished, in an efficient and effective manner. This has been a great job and I sincerely thank you for all that you do.”
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