Politics & Government

FEMA chief plans to leave by administration's end

ORLANDO — The FEMA chief who was brought in to salvage the organization after its disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina said Wednesday he plans to resign.

R. David Paulison, a former Miami-Dade fire chief, said his departure from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could come within weeks or months, but definitely by Jan. 20, when President Bush's presidential term ends.

A top aide, assistant administrator Carlos Castillo, a former Miami-Dade emergency director, said he also plans to resign from FEMA within months, leaving a leadership gap at the top of the agency when a new president takes office. Castillo, 47, joined Paulison in Washington less than a year ago.

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