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Miss. Director of Transportation Brown announces retirement

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi's controversial Executive Director of the Department of Transportation is retiring.

Larry "Butch" Brown says he is stepping down for health reasons.

On Jan. 21st, Brown will undergo prostate surgery in Houston, Texas.

Brown says his decision to retire had nothing to do with his arrest in Biloxi in July at the Beau Rivage Casino, where he was charged with public intoxication.

"I'm Butch Brown and I'm from a river town. And that's just the way you are if you are from a river town."

Brown, for the first time publicly gave his side of the story.

It came after he was asked if he had been treated fairly by the media.

Brown responded with a one word response, No.

"Was I verbally abusive, yes. Did I look angry, you damn right," Brown said. "But you know the coverage has always been slanted. I pleaded not guilty, I was found not guilty, the alcoholic blood content showed it, I was .023. A Biloxi police officer testified in my behalf."

Brown had a map in front of the podium, which showed projects underway or complete after his ten years in charge of the day to day affairs of the Dept. of Transportation.

More than $6 billion worth.

Brown made it clear he was stepping down for health reasons.

"Health reasons. I am sure you know third reoccurrence of cancer, that have given me pause to change the direction of my life," Brown said.

Brown holds his position by a 2 to 1 vote of the Transportation Commission.

One of his votes, Wayne Brown is not running for re-election.

The other, Bill Minor, died.

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