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“EPA: ‘Highly Unusual’ Move Puts Region 9 Chief’s Office in L.A.”

“Despite alarms raised by EPA's watchdog office and legal staff, Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson switched a top political appointee's workplace from San Francisco to Los Angeles, moving him closer to home.

EPA Region 9 Administrator Mike Stoker's “duty station” is now Los Angeles. Hundreds of the staff he oversees as regional administrator for EPA's Pacific Southwest branch, however, are based in Region 9's main office in San Francisco.

The change was the culmination of a campaign that began more than a year ago, according to emails, memos and personnel records obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act.”

Kevin Bogardus reports for Greenwire November 26, 2019.