Brock Long: US emergency management chief resigns

WASHINGTON DC- SEPTEMBER 11 FEMA Administrator Brock Long listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the Oval Office

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long said he is stepping down from the department he has headed up the past two years.

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.

"It has been a great honor to serve our country as FEMA Administrator for the past two years". Officials found he misused vehicles, but Long was not asked to resign, and he agreed to reimburse the government. Jerry Brown, Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, President Donald Trump and FEMA Director Brock Long tour the Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park in California.

"Over the last two years, Administrator Long has admirably led the men and women of FEMA during very hard, historic and complex times", Nielsen said in a statement.

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President Donald Trump reportedly considered firing Long because of this in the days before Hurricane Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast in September.

- Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 13, 2019Brock Long was criticized over his use of govt vehicles for personal travel and his agency's response to a storm that devastated Puerto Rico, but he's leaving on his own accord, sources tell me and @cflav.

Nielsen said Deputy Administrator Pete Gaynor will become acting FEMA administrator upon Long's departure. Wildfires took their toll on the West during that time, including the November 2018 Camp Fire, which was both the deadliest and most devastating in California history.

"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".

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