"WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Forest Service, Tony Tooke, resigned on Wednesday amid an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct made against him.
“I have been forthright during the review, but I cannot combat every inaccuracy that is reported in the news media,” Tooke said in an email to Forest Service staff. He was named chief of the Forest Service last September.
Tooke said he had “decided that what is needed right now is for me to step down as Forest Service Chief and make way for a new leader that can ensure future success for all employees and the agency.”
The U.S. Agriculture Department, which includes the Forest Service, is conducting the investigation, which, PBS NewsHour reported, centers on Tooke’s relationship with subordinates before he became chief of the agency."