Gov. Phil Bryant has hired the former director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality as a consultant.

The contract with Trudy Fisher, dated Sept. 5, says she will advise the governor on energy policy, environmental and restoration policy and provide support in court cases. The agreement is good for six months and can be renewed for six months after that.

Appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour and retained by Bryant, Fisher said in May she was leaving the department to explore other career options. A lawyer who led the environmental agency for seven years, Fisher has been deeply involved in Mississippi’s recovery efforts following the 2010 BP PLC Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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