WASHINGTON – The man in charge of the navy refused the position over the weekend, less than a month before he was due to start work.
In a statement, Adm. Bill Moran This He had rejected the appointment as Chief of Naval Operations and regretted "any inconvenience" that President Donald Trump and Marine Secretary Richard Spencer had caused by his decision. He said it was painful for him to retire, but he did not want to be a "barrier" to the Navy.
Moran said, "I have made this difficult decision due to an open nature study of some of them my personal e-mail correspondence in recent years and retired for maintaining a professional relationship with a former staff officer who is in uniform investigated and held accountable for allegations of inappropriate behavior. "
It is clear that my decision to maintain this relationship was in no way an endorsement or tacit approval of this type of behavior. I understand how poisonous it can be for any team if inappropriate behavior is not recognized and not verified. Every sailor has the right to serve in an environment free of harassment or intimidation. "Secretary Spencer said he has accepted Moran's request for resignation.
"Adm. Bill Moran recently reminded me that for the past two years he has maintained a professional relationship with a person who has been held accountable and counseled for failing to uphold the values and standards of the naval profession and admire his reliability The commitment to the Navy, this decision on his part, to uphold this relationship has led me to question his judgment. "Chris Servello.
Servello worked for and with Moran several times in about a decade, with Moran acting as mentor to Servello.
Servello was investigated by the Navy for his behavior at a Pentagon holiday party in 201
Moran kept in touch with Servello during and after the investigation and also talked to him about his personal e-mail account. The investigation of Moran's ongoing contacts with Servello was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry of Defense.
Moran served as vice chief of naval operations until last month when he was appointed by Adm. Bob Burke was replaced. Moran was to take over the post of chief of naval operations on August 1, giving Adm. Replace Richardson, who is about to retire.
Richardson will remain in office until a new Chief of Naval Operations is named, the defense officials say. By law, Richardson can no longer act as CNO after September 17, 2019, after serving four years in that position.