State's environmental secretary to step down

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment Miles Tolbert is leaving his post in the governor's cabinet to take a position in the private sector.

Gov. Brad Henry announced the move Tuesday.

Tolbert is an attorney and plans to take over as head of the Crowe and Dunlevy law firm's environmental practice group in September.

Henry praised Tolbert for fighting to protect the environment and the interests of Oklahomans, including the role he played in developing a relocation plan for families in the Tar Creek Superfund site.

Henry named Tolbert to the top environmental post in December 2002. Henry says he expects to name a successor in the weeks to come.

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