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Wisconsin DNR secretary out after 10 months at post

The head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is resigning next week after spending less than a year leading the agency that has been at the forefront of fights over combating water pollution and hunting wolves.

Adam Payne sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers on Friday announcing his intention to leave the agency on Nov. 1 and retire next year. Payne called his departure “bittersweet” but said in the letter that he needed to spend more time with his aging parents and support his wife’s role as caretaker.

“I also want to spend more time with our four young grandchildren and focus more attention on my personal health and well-being,” Payne wrote.

Payne cited his more than 30 years of public service in his resignation letter, including 24 years as Sheboygan County administrator. He replaced Preston Cole, who led the agency for Evers’ first term in office.

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