The turmoil that has engulfed the National Credit Union Administration for nearly two years continued this week as a divided board voted to fire executive director Karl T. Hoyle, effective Feb. 23.

Mr. Hoyle, the agency's top staff member since December 1993, plans to sue the NCUA. "We're going to raise holy hell with this agency," his lawyer, James J. Butera of Butera & Andrews, said in an interview Thursday. Describing Mr. Hoyle as a scapegoat, Mr. Butera added: "Everyone above Karl is blameless and everybody below Karl is blameless and Karl walks the plank."

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