Forest Service Names Female Interim Chief Amid Harassment Allegations

"The Trump administration named a new interim U.S. Forest Service chief on Thursday, just days after the prior head of the agency stepped down due to sexual misconduct allegations.

The appointment of Vickie Christiansen, an experienced deputy chief and former forest firefighter, came at the end of  'a difficult week,' Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue wrote in an email to the agency's 35,000 employees, according to The Associated Press.

Perdue accepted the resignation of Tony Tooke on Wednesday, following a "PBS NewsHour" investigative report in which dozens of women alleged a rampant sexual harassment within the agency. It also revealed the allegations against Tooke."

Josh Delk reports for The Hill March 9, 2018.

Source: The Hill, 03/12/2018