A top official of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is resigning, not even a week after being indicted on ethics charges in Alabama.
Onis “Trey” Glenn III was the Southeast regional administrator, based in Atlanta, and announced that he is stepping down in a letter to Andrew Wheeler, Acting EPA Administrator, on Sunday.
“As you know, unfounded charges have been levied against me that I must and will fight,” wrote Glenn.
“Stepping down now, I hope removes any distraction from you and all the great people who work at EPA as you carry out the agency’s mission,” said Glenn, adding that he wanted “to focus on my family, fight these unfounded accusations and ultimately clear my name.”
On Monday, Wheeler’s chief of staff Ryan Jackson told the Region 4 office employees that the head of the EPA accepted the resignation from Glenn and thanked him.
Last year, Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator at the time, chose Glenn for the political position.
Last Week, the Alabama Ethics Commission revealed that a Jefferson County grand jury, which includes Birmingham, had charged Glenn. The jury accused him of breaking state laws that prohibit using an office for personal gain as well as receiving or soliciting a “thing of value” from a lobbyist or principal.
The alleged incidents occurred prior to Glenn working for the EPA. From 2014 to 2017, he consulted with Scott Phillips for Balch & Bingham law firm to help fight a potential cleanup directed by the EPA of two sites that were contaminated for Drummond Co., which might have been responsible for the cleanups.
Earlier this year, two other people who were involved with the campaign fighting the cleanup were federally convicted for bribing a legislator in Alabama.
On Thursday, Glenn and Phillips were both arrested and taken to jail, but released on bond immediately. They both deny the charges.