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Mississippi’s emergency director resigns amid undefined ‘situation’

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The executive director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has resigned.

Multiple media outlets report Gov. Phil Bryant’s director of communications, Clay Chandler, says Bryant accepted Lee Smithson’s resignation Friday after being made aware of a situation he was involved in. At this time the nature of the “situation” has not been released.

Smithson could not be reached for comment.

MEMA External Affairs Director Greg Flynn says he learned the news in an email Saturday. He says he was shocked by the notification and really has no idea what’s going on.
According to MEMA’s website, Bryant appointed Smithson as the executive director of MEMA on Dec. 15, 2015 and he assumed the role on Feb. 1, 2016.