Missouri DNR director says he'll end his tenure

JOPLIN, Mo. | Doyle Childers, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for the past four years, says he won't continue to serve under Gov.-elect Jay Nixon.

He says he'll resign by the time Nixon becomes governor.

Childers says his time at the department was consumed by fights with Nixon over a proposal to tear down the Katy Trail railroad bridge that crosses the Missouri River near Boonville and the cleanup of Johnson Shut-ins State Park after a dam holding back the Taum Sauk Reservoir burst in Southeast Missouri.

He said it's "no secret" that he and Nixon had been at odds.

Oren Shur, spokesman for Nixon, declined to comment.