FEMA Chief Steps Down

Brock Long resigning
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2019 3:08 PM CST
FEMA Chief Resigning
In this Sept. 19, 2018, file photo President Donald Trump shakes hands with FEMA Administrator Brock Long after visiting areas in North Carolina and South Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence at Myrtle Beach International Airport in Myrtle Beach, SC.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is resigning, months after an investigation found he misused government vehicles to travel to his home in North Carolina. Brock Long said in a letter Wednesday to agency employees that he was resigning to spend more time with his family, the AP reports. Long was under investigation by the Homeland Security Department's watchdog, and word of it leaked just as Hurricane Florence struck last fall. Officials found he misused vehicles, but Long was not asked to resign, and he agreed to reimburse the government. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says he led the agency admirably for two years through six major hurricanes and five historic wildfires. Deputy Administrator Pete Gaynor will become acting head of the agency. (Read more Brock Long stories.)

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