Dispute Continues Over ADEM Director

Montgomery, AL – The state's chief environmental regulator has declared himself the acting director of the state environmental agency...one day after being fired. Jim Warr was dismissed by the Alabama Environmental Management Commission Tuesday. He wrote members Wednesday claiming that he is the acting director of ADEM. Warr did have a right to claim a state Merit System job as deputy director if he lost his job as director of the department. And as deputy director, he wrote, he automatically becomes acting director during a vacancy. The Commission had already named Marilyn Elliott acting director Tuesday. Elliott was previously deputy director of the department.