Ex-State Justice Richardson Quits Interior Dept. Post

Associated Press

Frank K. Richardson, a retired California Supreme Court justice who was solicitor of the Department of the Interior for the last two years, has resigned to return to California, the department disclosed today.

Richardson, who will be 72 next month, said in his letter of resignation to Secretary Donald P. Hodel that he had decided to “terminate my actual professional career” primarily because of “continuing family responsibilities” in California.

Richardson served 12 years on the California court before retiring in 1983. A year later, then-Secretary William P. Clark, also a former justice of the state’s high court, tapped him to be the department’s chief lawyer.