Florida emergency management head pressured to resign

Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 3:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 3:05 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida's top emergency official says the governor's office is pressuring him to resign and wants an investigation into allegations being made against him.

Interim emergency management director Ruben Almaguer told officials with Gov. Charlie Crist's office that he hasn't done anything wrong and that the governor's office should investigate the actions of deputy director David Halstead.

In an e-mail sent to Crist's chief of staff Shane Strum on Monday morning, Almaguer said he planned to fight to keep his job.

A Crist official said Almaguer later met with Strum and said he would submit a letter of resignation. The official, who has knowledge of the meeting, spoke on condition of anonymity because the letter hadn't been received yet.

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