President Trump Nominates New FEMA Director

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President Trump Nominates New FEMA Director
Trump nominated Jeffrey Byard, a senior FEMA official, after the resignation of former FEMA director, Brock Long, earlier this week.
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On Friday, President Trump nominated Jeffrey Byard, a senior FEMA official, to lead the agency after former director Brock Long resigned earlier this week.

Byard is currently FEMA's associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery. A White House statement about his nomination described his role as "the senior-most executive over disaster response, recovery, logistics, and field operations." 

Byard would succeed Long, who resigned after a tenure plagued with ethics probes and inquiries about his management of the agency's response to a deadly hurricane in Puerto Rico.

Byard previously worked in a similar role for the state of Alabama, leading state operations efforts during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other natural disasters.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.