Tony Tooke’s U.S. Forest Service swearing in ceremony (Photo: Screenshot/USDA/YouTube) The head of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is not the right person to lead an agency that recently acknowledged widespread sexual harassment, a retired employee said in a letter sent to Congress.
Following a November article from The Daily Caller detailing an internal sexual harassment review at the Forest Service, its chief, Tony Tooke, sent an email to all USFS employees, saying, “The Forest Service is fully committed and working very hard to achieve a safe, rewarding and resilient workplace for each employee.”
“Confronting all forms of harassment is a must for uplifting and empowering employees to meet our work environment goals,” Tooke wrote.
But questions are being raised if Tooke is the person to change the culture. Approximately 12 years ago, Tooke, who was married at the time and Deputy Forest Supervisor for the National Forests in Florida, carried on an affair for approximately two years with an entry-level employee, according to a retired Forest Service employee.
The retired USFS employee, who rose to region chief and worked in the same region as Tooke, asked not to be identified because the person still has family working at the USFS and worry […]