Adm. Bill Moran, who was to become the Chief of Naval Operations in less than a month, has abruptly announced his retirement. The announcement comes in the wake of an investigation into emails he exchanged with a former staffer who had been investigated for inappropriate behavior, according to Navy Times.
The Times, citing senior Pentagon officials, said the former officer in question is Chris Servello, who had been accused of behaving inappropriately with female colleagues in 2016 at a holiday party at the Pentagon.
Despite the allegations, Moran continued a professional relationship with Servello, a decision that was “in no way an endorsement or tacit approval of that kind of conduct,” the admiral said in a statement according to the report.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said in a statement that his relationship with Servello had prompted him to call into question Moran’s judgment, according to the Washington Post.
Current CNO Adm. John Richardson will remain CNO for the time being until Spencer finds a new candidate.