UPDATED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 12:39am
COLLEGE STATION -- The director of Texas Task Force One has resigned from his position earlier today following an online complaint to a third party ethics website.
Bob McKee has been on paid administrative leave since the complaint in early March.
Below is news release TEEX's issued after McKee announced his resignation:
The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) announced today that Robert McKee has resigned as Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response and Texas Task Force 1. TEEX is the sponsoring agency for TX TF-1. He has been with the agency since 2002.
In his letter of resignation, McKee said, “My first priority has always been serving the citizens of the State of Texas and the nation and that to that end, I offer my resignation. He continued, "I will always be proud of my association with TEEX and the task force. I’m taking this action, after lengthy consideration, so both the agency and I can move forward."
McKee was placed on leave March 12 following a complaint filed on EthicsPoint, a third-party company that manages a risk and misconduct hotline for the A&M System. The investigation remains in progress and will proceed to completion. There is currently not an estimated completion date.
Billy Parker will continue to serve as interim Director of the Disaster Preparedness and Response division and Texas Task Force 1. TEEX Chief Executive Officer, Gary Sera said, “The agency will consider a full range of options for future management. We appreciate Bob’s commitment to TEEX and TX TF-1 and wish him all the best in future endeavors,” Sera added.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized, first-responder training, homeland security exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire services, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health, search and rescue, and economic development.