Executive Director Resigns From Kentucky Human Rights Panel

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has resigned her post to work with the United Nations, the commission said Thursday.

Linda Strite Murnane has served as executive director of the commission for 26 months. She is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a chief circuit judge. Murnane has been on temporary leave to serve the International War Crimes Tribunal.

Murnane announced that she had been extended an offer to remain with the tribunal, which caused her to have to choose between her planned return to the commission at the end of April or to remain with the tribunal, which is charged with resolving crimes against humanity arising from the fall of the former Yugoslavia.

"This is a very sad day for our commissioners and staff," commission chair Priscilla Johnson said Thursday in a statement. "Linda's leadership, direction, and passion for the work of human rights have changed the face of this agency, and will carry us far into the future. She will be sorely missed."

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

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