2 top officials of weather service announce that they're leaving

May 19, 2007|By Orlando Sentinel

MIAMI -- The National Weather Service's top leaders announced their departures yesterday, sending more shock waves through an agency roiling from the turmoil stirred up this week by the new director of the National Hurricane Center.

The resignation of National Weather Service director David L. Johnson and the retirement of his deputy, John E. Jones Jr., came just two days after hurricane chief Bill Proenza lashed out at his superiors at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for trying to reduce the prominence and cutting the funding of the weather service and hurricane center.

Part of the Department of Commerce, the NOAA is the parent agency of the weather service, which oversees the Miami-based hurricane center.

Both Johnson, who assumed the helm of the weather service in 2004 after 30 years with the U.S. Air Force, and Jones, who spent nearly 34 years at the NOAA, will step down on June 30.

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