- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A high-ranking official at the Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced his resignation after more than 15 years with the institution.

According to a memo sent to lab employees on Thursday, Los Alamos Executive Director Richard Marquez told lab Director Charles McMillan that he would leave the lab, effective immediately.

Marquez did not respond to requests for comment and lab officials declined to comment.

Principal Associate Director for Operations and Business Craig Leasure will serve as interim executive director.

Marquez worked at the Department of Energy in Albuquerque for several years before starting at the lab in 2001. Na

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