State Schools Budget Manager Resigns Amid Investigation

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A top business manager for the Utah State Office of Education resigned in an e-mail Wednesday, one week after being placed on leave for his handling of the education budget.

Associated Superintendent of Business Services Patrick Ogden's letter to Superintendent Patti Harrington was just two sentences, state schools spokesman Mark Peterson said.

Ogden's resignation is effective immediately. He had been in his job since 1999 and with the state schools for 22 years, Peterson said.

A telephone message left for Harrington by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.

Harrington placed Ogden on leave last Thursday after he failed to complete the state schools budget on time for submission to the governor's office.

Lisa Roskelley, spokeswoman for Gov. Jon Huntsman, said the delay has slowed the process of preparing the governor's budget proposal for the Legislature.

The education office represents more than 40 percent of the overall state budget.

An internal investigation of data and budget issues is expected to be handed over to Harrington on Thursday, Peterson said.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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