Texas Task Force 1 Director Suspended, On Leave

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Texas Task Force 1 Director Bob McKee is on administrative leave Thursday after a complaint was filed at a third party ethics website.

Steven Moore, Vice Chancellor of Marketing & Communications with the Texas A&M University System, confirmed McKee's suspension.

"Bob McKee has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation of a report to the EthicsPoint hotline," Moore said in a statement.

EthicsPoint allows employees to report what they believe are "unethical or illegal activities safely and honestly with an organization's management or the board of directors while maintaining your anonymity and confidentiality," according to the organization's website.

As Director of Texas Task Force 1, McKee oversees the groups deployments and has a long list of career accomplishments.

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The following is McKee's bio, as posted on the Texas Engineering Extension Service website:

J. Robert (Bob) McKee is a former Fire Chief–Paramedic from Clark County, Ohio. He was responsible for all administrative and emergency operations. During his 17 years he was responsible for countless incidents large and small. He was a Task Force Leader with Ohio’s Urban Search and Rescue Team—Ohio Task Force One. Bob also worked as the special projects coordinator with his County Emergency Management Agency and he was the point of contact to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, where the Task Force was based. He was an Exercise Evaluation Technician (EET) for the Inspector General’s Office on base.

Currently Bob is Director of Emergency Response and Rescue for the Texas Engineering Extension Service/US&R Division. He also serves as the Sponsoring Agency Chief for Texas Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue responding within the state and nationally as requested. Bob serves as a Point of Arrival/Mobilization Specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Incident Support Team (IST), a past member of both the FEMA Logistics Working Group and the FEMA Training Working Group. Bob is a member of the IAB (Interagency Board) serving on the ICIS sub-committee.

Throughout his career, Bob has been involved in hands-on and on-site training situations addressing a variety of technical issues in emergency response and emergency response planning. In conjunction with his interest in business, Bob’s practical experience with the Incident Command System (ICS) has provided him an understanding of structure and management. Bob is also certified on a variety of emergency response equipment. He is a certified and nationally credentialed instructor in several areas of emergency response.

Bob has had several state and federal deployments during his tenure—tornadoes, floods and natural disasters as well as being deployed to the World Trade Center Collapse, Salt Lake City Olympics, Shuttle Columbia Disaster and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Hurricane.