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Leader of Michigan Department of Civil Rights to leave post when contract ends in October

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LANSING, Michigan — The executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights plans to leave his post when his contract ends in October.

Leslee Fritz, deputy director of the Department of Civil Rights, tells The Associated Press on Thursday that Matt Wesaw informed the Michigan Civil Rights Commission of his decision on Monday during a private session. The commission will select his successor.

Wesaw's plans were reported Wednesday by Crain's Detroit Business.

Wesaw, a former state trooper and a Native American tribal leader, has been executive director since October 2013, when he became the first Indian to lead the state Department of Civil Rights.

The civil rights agency is responsible for civil rights complaint investigations as well as outreach efforts and educational programs to promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws.

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