The head the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) plans to retire at the end of the year, South Carolina Radio Network has confirmed.
The State newspaper first reported John Frampton’s retirement Wednesday.
Frampton began his career at the DNR in 1974 as a field biologist and he will end it later this year as director of the agency.
He was promoted to director in 2003. He has presided over the agency during a rough period funding-wise. DNR has seen its budget go from $32 million in 2007 to $14 million this year as state lawmakers dealt with declining tax revenue during that time.
Frampton told his staff on Tuesday night that “it’s time” after more than 37 years at the DNR. He says he wants to focus on some other goals and hopes to spend more time with his family.
The state Natural Resources Board now has at least two months to search for a replacement.