Manager at Iowa DNR Says he was Asked to Resign

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By Ben Hoppenworth

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A top manager at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says he was asked to resign from his job.

Chuck Corell, head of the conservation and recreation division, tells The Des Moines Register he was asked to submit his resignation Wednesday by Bruce Trautman, the agency's deputy director.

DNR confirmed Friday it had received resignations from Corell and Cindy Axne, head of the management services division.

Corell was named to the post two years ago, but he's worked for the agency for more than two decades. He calls the decision a surprise.

State Sen. Dick Dearden, D-Des Moines, tells the Register that DNR Director Chuck Gipp told him the moves were a way to reduce costs.

Messages for DNR were not immediately returned Friday night.

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