FEMA head Brock Long announces resignation

FEMA chief former Alabama EMA director Brock Long resigns

FEMA chief former Alabama EMA director Brock Long resigns

Brock Long said in a letter to FEMA employees that he was resigning to spend more time at home with his family.

Long was criticized for the administration's disastrous response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and for his refusal to correct President Donald Trump's false conspiracy theory that Maria's large fatality count on the island was fabricated by Democrats. 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.

Deputy FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor will take over for Long as the acting head of the agency.

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

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". Meanwhile wildfires caused a number of deaths in California.

The report by Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General also found Long used government vehicles for non-official reasons.

William "Brock" Long, the top official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is facing a potential criminal probe related to his use of government vehicles, after an internal investigation into his travel was referred to USA attorneys for prosecution, according to administration officials and others familiar with the matter.

Last year, two strong hurricanes, Florence and Michael, hit the south-eastern US.

"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". Trump must nominate a permanent replacement for Long and that person must be confirmed by the Senate.