JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Beth Poff, executive director of the Jackson Zoo, has resigned, according to Jackson Zoological Society Board President Jeffrey Graves.
Graves could not say whether he could provide a copy of the resignation letter at this point.
The Board of Directors was scheduled to meet Thursday at 3:30, but that meeting has been cancelled, according to the zoo's website.
It is not known what date the resignation will be effective.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba released a statement on her resignation saying;
Deputy Director David Wetzel remains Interim Director and all daily operations continue as normal. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Poff was placed on administrative leave August 2 by the zoo board. Friday, August 3, the City of Jackson agreed to give them $200,000 to make it over the next two months.
She later admitted to misusing bond money for day-to-day operations of the Zoo.
The zoo is currently $350,000 in debt.
Most of that money is owed from bonds they still need to pay off.
Board President Jeffery Graves issued a personal statement about the future of the Jackson Zoo saying:
A new management team is expected to take over operations in October, but some city leaders want a deeper audit into their books before then.
Recently, there's been a debate about relocating the zoo to LeFleur's Bluff State Park.
Zoo officials say a study showed that being located near the interstate and other attractions could boost their attendance significantly.
We will have much more on this story in today's newscasts.