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Hurricane Center Chief Reassigned Amid Criticism From Staff

MIAMI (AP) - The new director of the National Hurricane Center has been temporarily reassigned today amid criticism from his staff.

A center spokesman says Director Bill Proenza will be replaced for now by Deputy Director Ed Rappaport, but declined to say how long the temporary reassignment would last.

A spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- which oversees the center -- says Director Bill Proenza is still an employee but couldn't go into details because of privacy laws.

Proenza, who could not be reached for comment, replaced veteran center head Max Mayfield in January. In November, Rappaport took himself out of the running to replace Mayfield, saying he couldn't make the commitment for personal reasons

Rappaport refused to comment on his appointment. He's been with the hurricane center since 1987.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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