Besieged BPA exec. resigns amid scandal

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

PORTAND, Ore. (AP) -- The leader of the Bonneville Power Administration, who was suspended last year amid an investigation into agency hiring practices, has resigned.

BPA spokesman Doug Johnson said Bill Drummond resigned last Friday as administrator.

The Energy Department placed Drummond and Chief Operating Officer Anita Decker on indefinite leave in July. The suspensions came after the department's inspector general investigated allegations of discrimination against veterans who applied for jobs at the agency and reports of managers retaliating against whistle-blowers.

Drummond had been administrator for only half a year.

Sen. Ron Wyden's office said Wyden has told a top Energy Department official that acting administrator Elliot Mainzer "would be the right choice" as Drummond's successor.

The BPA markets power from 31 federal dams and manages much of the region's power grid.

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