WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Brock Long announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from his position, opening up yet another vacancy in the Trump administration.
“While this has been the opportunity of the lifetime, it is time for me to go home to my family — my beautiful wife and two incredible boys,” Long, 43, said in a statement. “As a career emergency management professional, I could not be prouder to have worked alongside the devoted, hardworking men and women of FEMA for the past two years.”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whose department oversees FEMA, praised Long for leading FEMA “during a very difficult and complex time.”
She added that FEMA’s ability to address crises will not be affected.
Neither Long nor Nielsen provided a reason for the departure, but the administrator has come under scrutiny from Homeland Security’s Inspector General for using official government vehicles for six-hour trips to his home in North Carolina.
The report emerged late last year and Long reportedly reimbursed the federal government.
Peter Gaynor, the agency’s deputy administrator, will now serve as acting administrator.
Gaynor is currently the fourth-highest-ranking official in Trump’s cabinet to serve in an acting capacity.