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May 2, 2012 9:34 AM by AP

Livingston Parish emergency director resigns

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says the parish's director of emergency preparedness has resigned.

Ricks tells The Advocate he has begun the search for a director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness and will have a replacement for James Tullier in the job well before hurricane season starts June 1.

He said he talked to a couple of candidates by phone Tuesday and plans to interview a candidate face-to-face Wednesday.

Asked the reason for Tullier's resignation, Ricks said it was an internal matter.

In February, Ricks appointed Tullier to replace Mark Benton, who served as OEP director under former Parish President Mike Grimmer. Tullier had worked on Ricks' transition team.

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