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FEMA director and Oklahoma native announces departure effective March 1


(Washington-AP) -- Oklahoma native Joe Allbaugh said Monday he will step down in March as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Allbaugh says he hasn't decided what he'll do next, but says he has opportunities in Oklahoma, Texas and Washington.

He is expected to be a senior adviser to President Bush's re-election campaign.

Allbaugh has led FEMA's response to 89 major disasters, the first being an earthquake in Washington state two weeks after he took office in 2001. He will leave March 1st when FEMA is to fold into the new Department of Homeland Security.

Allbaugh is a native of Blackwell and a 1974 graduate of Oklahoma State University.

He served as a chief of staff for former Oklahoma Governor Henry Bellmon. He was the Oklahoma deputy secretary of transportation when Bush hired him to manage his successful 1994 campaign for governor in Texas.
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