Jonathan Gassett

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The head of Kentucky's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has resigned the position he has held since 2005.

The chairman of the department's commission says Jonathan W. Gassett submitted a letter of resignation Thursday evening.

Commission chairman Stuart Ray says Gassett is resigning to pursue outside interests.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — During a time of fiscal belt tightening across state government, Kentucky's wildlife commissioner spent more than $71,000 to attend meetings across the country, running up more expenses for out-of-state trips than even the governor's chief industrial recruiter, whose job requires extensive travel.