AP Interview: Navy's top admiral discusses war college probe
By JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press
Jun 12, 2019 11:56 AM CDT
CORRECTION: TAKES OUT REFERENCE OF OFFICIAL ARTIST’S PORTRAIT ADDS INFORMATION ABOUT PORTRAIT: This May 2019 photo provided by U.S. Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, shows a portrait of Harley, left, displayed in a gallery in Conolly Hall on the school's campus in Newport, R.I....  (Associated Press)

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Navy's top admiral says an investigation into allegations of mismanagement at the U.S. Naval War College is continuing and he's confident the college will be stronger in the end.

Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, tells The Associated Press on Wednesday that the college in Newport will continue to be a strong, vibrant institution.

The AP reported last week that the college president, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, was under investigation for allegedly spending excessively, abusing his hiring authority and otherwise behaving inappropriately, including keeping a margarita machine in his office.

Harley was removed from his post Monday.

Richardson says he felt there was "enough actionable information" to reassign Harley. He called the AP report "responsible and balanced."

Richardson was at the college to speak to students about leadership.

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