The executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association has been dismissed, officials said Monday afternoon.

Nolton Senegal, who held the job since 2007, was removed from his post by the board of the association, which represents about 650 local school board members statewide.

Darrin Manuel, president of the LSBA board, said in a prepared statement that Senegal’s dismissal stemmed from an investigation of possible misappropriation of funds by another member of the staff.

Manuel did not elaborate.

However Don Whittinghill, a consultant for the LSBA, said the board’s action was the result of Senegal’s alleged failure to properly report on allegations of wrongdoing in his office.

Senegal could not be reached for comment.

Last week officials said Senegal was on voluntary, paid leave during an investigation of his office.

The LSBA board met in Marksville last Friday.

Lloyd Dressel, director of business and finance for the LSBA, was named interim executive director, Manuel said.

Senegal, who is an attorney, is a former member of the Acadia Parish school board.

He regularly testified on education bills in the Legislature.