Buzby resigns as head of MarAd, citing Capitol riot

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(WASHINGTON) —Mark Buzby has resigned as the nation’s maritime administrator, citing the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of President Trump. Buzby’s resignation from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) was effective Monday, Jan. 11.

“I no longer believe that I am able to serve as a member of the administration while remaining true to the values which have been the core of my service to the people of our nation,” Buzby said in a brief statement.

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Buzby, a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, served as maritime administrator since August 2017.

As of Thursday, MarAd had not officially announced Buzby’s resignation. Douglas Burnett, an admiralty lawyer who has served as MarAd’s chief counsel, has taken on the role of acting maritime administrator.

Buzby’s successor will be appointed by the Biden administration.

Earlier this month, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced her resignation after the events at the Capitol.

By Professional Mariner Staff