ADEM Director Cites No Confidence, Calls it Quits

JUNE 29, 2006 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has quit.

Governor Huckabee appointed John Brackin in November to lead the agency.  But Brackin resigned yesterday, less than a week after it was reported that the agency gave itself failing grades for its preparedness for a large-scale disaster.

After those documents were aired, Huckabee said he was disappointed and that the issue would be addressed.  In his resignation letter to the governor, Brackin wrote that the office has accomplished a lot and he apologized for not keeping Huckabee better informed.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Sunday published the results of the agency's self-assessment and reported in this morning's editions that Brackin resigned.

The governor, who is traveling in Asia, released a statement that Brackin's resignation was accepted.  Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart would not say whether Brackin was instructed to resign.

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