BPA chief resigns after hiring scandal

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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 Friday.

The Energy Department placed Drummond and Chief Operating Officer Anita Decker on indefinite leave in July. The suspensions came after the BPA'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.