FEMA Administrator David Paulison has received the resignation of the agency's press secretary.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Aaron Walker, press secretary for FEMA, submitted his resignation to FEMA administrator David Paulison this afternoon, according to a FEMA official. The official will not say whether Walker was asked to resign or did so voluntarily. His resignation becomes effective in early December.
Walker is the second FEMA press official to suffer the repercussions of a staged FEMA news conference during the California wildfires.
John (Pat) Philbin, FEMA's director of external affairs, left his job two days after the news conference to become head of public affairs for the Director of National Intelligence, Mike McConnell. That job offer, however, was rescinded as Philbin's role in the press conference became clearer.
The FEMA said that Philbin and Walker bore the "greatest degree of responsibility for the planning and execution" of the press conference. "They had the greatest ability to stop that train from going down the track, and they didn't," said the official.
– CNN Homeland Security Correspondent Jeanne Meserve