FEMA Administrator Brock Long Announces Resignation

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 14, 2019

US Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long has announced his resignation, the latest senior name to leave the Donald Trump administration.

Long, who served as the head of the agency through 220 disaster declarations, did not say when his final day will be, but once he officially leaves the position, Peter Gaynor will be named the acting administrator, the release also said.

In the post since June 2017, he has led the response to several extreme natural disasters, including the heavily criticised operation in Puerto Rico after a devastating hurricane.

"It has been a great honor to serve our country as FEMA Administrator for the past two years".

"Under Brock's leadership, FEMA has successfully supported State and Territory-led efforts to respond and recover from 6 major hurricanes, 5 historic wildfires and dozens of other serious emergencies".

Long came under fire in fall 2018 when the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found that he improperly used government vehicles and resources to travel back to his North Carolina home.

"While this has been the opportunity of the lifetime, it is time for me to go home to my family - my lovely wife and two incredible boys", Long's statement explained "Upon my departure, Mr. Peter Gaynor, will serve as Acting FEMA administrator".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at the time that Long would reimburse the federal government for his nonofficial use of government vehicles.

The announcement said Long's deputy, Peter Gaynor, will step in as acting FEMA administrator.

In December of that year, California recorded its largest wildfire ever.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long listens as U.S. President Donald Trump holds an Oval Office meeting on preparations for hurricane Florence at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 11, 2018.

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