US officials have elected a new director to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
David Paulison replaces Mike Brown, who resigned after losing his on-site command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
Before joining FEMA, Paulison had 30 years of fire rescue service experience, and was Chief of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department in Florida.
The White House says President Bush appreciates Mike Brown's service' as head of FEMA, but will respect his decision to resign.
Brown stepped down under a crush of criticism over the government's storm response. Brown told the Associated Press it's wrong to say that FEMA fell on its face in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina...and says it's never fun being the fall guy.