Brock Long: US emergency management chief resigns

Sergio Conner
February 14, 2019

Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), announced Thursday that he was resigning from his position, saying "it is time for me to go home to my family".

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

- 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.

In a statement, Long said FEMA had provided assistance on "more than 200 declared disasters" and thanked President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom he said "have been extremely supportive of me, the FEMA workforce and our mission".

Brock Long is stepping down as head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Long said Peter Gaynor will serve as acting FEMA administrator in the meantime. Meanwhile wildfires caused a number of deaths in California. Catastrophic flooding also occurred in many regions of the country during his two years at the helm.

Long was widely praised for his tenure at a time when the United States faced its most devastating stretch of natural disasters since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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.

Last year, two strong hurricanes, Florence and Michael, hit the south-eastern US. Officials found he had misused vehicles, but Long was not asked to resign, and he agreed to reimburse the government.

"We both understand what needs to be done", Long told the Post in September about his working relationship with Nielsen, "and we will continue to work together".

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