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Jan 10, 2011 9:35 AM by Greg Boyce

Strickland to step down

DENVER (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's chief of staff will reportedly step down in February.

The Denver Post reports that Tom Strickland's departure will be announced Monday, days before a report on the Gulf oil spill is set to be released.  Salazar and Strickland both told the Post that the departure is voluntary and isn't part of a shake-up at the Interior Department. Strickland is a former U.S. attorney for Colorado and two-time Democratic Senate candidate.

He also serves as assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.  Salazar says Strickland's two jobs will now be filled by two people.  Strickland says he'll probably return to the private sector in Washington, where his wife works as an architect.

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