Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), said Thursday he resigned and said, "It's time for me to go home to my family."
In a statement: Long said that FEMA had assisted in "more than 200 disasters" and thanked President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Minister of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, of whom he said, "He has me, extremely supportive of the FEMA workforce and our mission. "
"As a career ladder for emergency management, I could not be proud to have worked with the dedicated, hard-working men and women of FEMA for the last two years," Long added. "… I'm leaving because I know the agency is in good hands."
Long was investigated last year by the US Department of Homeland Security's internal supervisor for alleged investigations, inappropriately using government vehicles to travel to his home in North Carolina. Officials found he had abused vehicles, but Long was not asked to resign and he agreed to reimburse the government.
Deputy FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor becomes Deputy Administrator when he leaves. Trump must appoint a permanent replacement for Long, and that person must be confirmed by the Senate.
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. "For the last two years, Administrator Long has admirably guided the men and women of FEMA during very difficult, historic and complex times," Nielsen said in a statement. "Under Brock's leadership, FEMA has successfully supported the efforts of states and territories to respond to and recover from 6 major cyclones, 5 historic forest fires, and dozens of other major emergencies, and I appreciate his unwavering commitment to FEMA and its commitment to the Promoting a Readiness Culture Across the Nation. "
Nielsen added that FEMA is" ready to continue the current recovery efforts, respond to new disasters, and prepare for this year's hurricane season. "
The Associated Press contributed to this report.