CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The head of the Nevada Department of Agriculture has submitted his resignation following a mandate by Gov. Brian Sandoval that he be replaced.

Tony Lesperance tendered his resignation effective Feb. 1 during a special meeting Wednesday of the state Board of Agriculture.

Lesperance says he wants to complete a biennial report, and will leave before the 2011 Legislature convenes Feb. 7.

Under state law, the board hires the director, with the approval of the governor.

Board Chairman Alan Perazzo says the board will accept applications for a new director until Jan. 10, and will hold a meeting the following week to make a decision.

Copyright 2011 The AP.

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