Stitt Lashes Out as Pick to Run Land Office Is Approved in Special Meeting

Stitt Lashes Out as Pick to Run Land Office Is Approved in Special Meeting

Gov. Kevin Stitt accused employees of the Commissioners of the Land Office of playing politics after his pick to run the agency was approved in a special meeting Tuesday morning where two of the five commissioners were absent.

Former energy executive Elliot Chambers will start as interim secretary Aug. 3 at a salary of $170,000. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell and Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur joined Stitt in approving the hire. Not attending the meeting were State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd and Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister.

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