The Federal Emergency Management Agency director has turned in his resignation following a series of scandals during his brief tenure.
Brock Long, who was appointed in April 2017 as director of FEMA, on Wednesday, said that he is stepping down as director. Long was accused of misusing government property. According to the report on the Wall Street Journal, long would often use government vehicles to travel to his home in North Carolina, some 400 miles away from Washington. His actions cost taxpayers more than $150,000 in travel expenses, staff salary, and car maintenance.
The department of homeland security conducted an investigation and found Long guilty of the charges. He was asked to repay the government for his unprofessional behavior.
During his tenure as FEMA director, Long led the agency through a number of natural disasters but he came under scrutiny when he and the Trump administration rejected the findings from the Hurricane Maria incident which ravaged Puerto Rico.
In his last official statement as director of FEMA, Long said “it has been a great privilege to serve the United States as FEMA Administrator. Under my watch, the agency responded to more than 220 declared disasters.”
The former director acknowledged Trump’s immense support to him, the FEMA workforce and their mission. He, however, said that it was time for him to go home to his family. “As a career emergency management professional, I am proud to have worked alongside the diligent and devoted men and women of FEMA. Mr. Peter Gaynor will assume the position as acting FEMA administrator and I trust he is equal to the task,” he concluded.
Brock Long becomes yet another Trump administration official to have left office before the expiration of his tenure. President Trump now has eight top roles in his administration occupied by acting heads. Many, including Republicans, are beginning to worry about Trump’s habit of confirming administration officials without due consultation from the Senate.
The press has suggested that Trump is relying on acting heads to oversee these important departments and agencies because no one wants to work under his administration.