Gov. Brewer fires administration department chief

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX (AP) -- Gov. Jan Brewer has fired the director of the state Department of Administration for unknown reasons.

Brian McNeil was fired Friday from his job overseeing the department that provides support services to state government. He was appointed by Brewer to the job in 2012 and previously served as her deputy chief of staff for operations and for 10 years as executive director of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Brewer named Kathy Peckardt as interim director. She retains her other job as Brewer's deputy chief of staff.

McNeil has spent two decades in state government, working as an analyst for the Legislature and as a policy adviser to former Gov. Fife Symington.

Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said Monday that McNeil's dismissal was a personnel matter and he couldn't discuss the reasons.