COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A veteran Ohio environmental regulator fighting what he says was a forced resignation by the administration of Republican Gov. John Kasich has left state service.
George Elmaraghy tells The Associated Press he was escorted from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters half a day early Friday because the agency's director didn't want to leave him unsupervised.
He said Director Scott Nally personally walked him out at noon. Agency spokesman Chris Abbruzzese said Elmaraghy had completed his 40-hour work week and declined to attend a senior staff meeting out of the office.
Elmaraghy wrote a widely distributed August email alleging pressure from the coal industry was at play in a request for his resignation.
He served 39 years at the Ohio EPA, most recently as head of its Division of Surface Water. He tells the AP that he is weighing his legal options.