(ATLANTA) — In a contentious press briefing Thursday, Georgia Emergency Manager Director Charley English took the fall for lapses in decision-making that left the metro Atlanta area paralyzed by Tuesday night’s ice storm.
“I made a terrible mistake and I put the Governor in an awful position,” English said. “I got this one wrong. I got this one wrong by at least six hours.”
An updated storm warning was issued at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, indicating the storm would hit the city of Atlanta more directly than originally forecast. English admitted he was asleep when the new warning was issued and did not speak to Governor Nathan Deal about the new warning until mid-morning.
When pressed about whether he would resign, English insisted that was not his decision to make.
Deal said he would hold English accountable for his mistakes, but stopped short of saying he would ask for his resignation. Still, he has launched an internal review of what went wrong. The state will compile a new plan of action for similar events.
Ultimately, Deal said, “The buck stops with me. I accept responsibility for it.”
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