FAA Chief Randy Babbitt has announced his resignation Tuesday, after being arrested on drunk driving charges over the weekend.
Babbitt was arrested Saturday night in Fairfax, Virginia, when he was spotted by officers driving down the wrong side of the road. He was later charged with driving while intoxicated, though he has since been released on bail.
The incident was then brought to the attention of Department of Transporation Secretary Ray LaHood, and – after taking a leave of absence initially – has spiraled into a resignation instead. Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will step in as acting Chief for the time being.
The very picture of grace under fire, Randy Babbitt issued this statement about the sequence of events:
“Serving as FAA administrator has been an absolute honor and the highlight of my professional career. But I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA.”
Clearly Babbitt is in a place where his own recovery is more important than his work at the Federal Aviation Administration, though it is always sad to see someone who has served as the Chief of the FAA for two and a half years end on such unfortunate terms.
Do you think someone who has had an incident like Randy Babbitt should have to resign? Why or why not?