- Associated Press - Thursday, March 1, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The top leaders for North Carolina’s state parks and historic sites are no longer on the job.

Department of Natural and Cultural Resources spokesman Neel Lattimore said Wednesday was the last day of employment for state parks director Michael Murphy and historic sites director Keith Hardison. There were no reasons given for their departures.

Personnel information provided by the department showed Hardison had been director of the Division of State Historic Sites for over 10 years, and Murphy began as parks director in 2014. Both made over $100,000 annually.

Murphy didn’t return a phone call to his home Thursday evening. Attempts late Thursday to locate Hardison’s phone number were unsuccessful. Carolina Journal, which first reported their departures, said it contacted Hardison, but he didn’t want to talk about his situation.

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