Published: Thu, February 14, 2019

FEMA Administrator Brock Long announces resignation

FEMA Administrator Brock Long announces resignation

Federal Emergency Manager Agency administrator Brock Long said that it was time for him to "go home", according to Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs.

Long's deputy, Peter Gaynor, will be named the acting administrator in his absence.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said of Long in a statement, "I appreciate his tireless dedication to FEMA and his commitment to fostering a culture of preparedness across the nation". The response to Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico, has been heavily criticized, and Long has said FEMA learned lessons on how to better prepare. Homeland Security sources told Fox News that they did not know whether the controversy had anything to do with Long's decision to step down, but added that no one at DHS had asked the administrator to resign.

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

During his tenure, Long oversaw FEMA operations during two very active hurricane seasons, during which hurricanes Harvey, Maria, Irma, Florence and Michael each caused billions of dollars in damage in the United States.

In December of that year, California recorded its largest wildfire ever. Catastrophic flooding also occurred in many regions of the country during his two years at the helm.

Last fall, Long was the subject of a Department of Homeland Security probe into whether he was misusing government resources when he used government vehicles and personnel for six-hour drives between his home in North Carolina and FEMA headquarters in Washington.

But Long's time as the head of FEMA was also controversial.

Long's permanent replacement will have to be nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate.

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