JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A changing of the guard at one of the capital city's oldest attractions, the Jackson zoo. Thursday zoo board leaders confirmed the resignation of Executive Director Beth Poff.
Earlier this week Poff released a letter admitting she used state bond money to cover zoo expenses including payroll.
With Beth Poff out as executive director, the city will now be looking for new management to take over in October.
The city floated the zoo $200 thousand dollars to make it to that point. The zoo's bond debt runs much deeper, $350 thousand dollars, all of which will need to be paid back.
Out of town visitors tell us they hope to return again.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba released a statement saying:
"We thank Beth Poff for her service. We remain focused on the goal of providing a quality zoo and have already started the process of selecting new management."