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Ga. emergency chief under pressure after gridlock

Updated Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 | 2:13 p.m.

ATLANTA (AP) — The emergency chief in Georgia planned for the 1996 Olympics, testified to Congress about cyberattacks and is viewed nationally as an expert in his field.

Yet a snowstorm last week could imperil his career.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency Director Charley English told a news conference last week that traffic had "not gotten terrible" mid-afternoon on Tuesday. By that point, a snowstorm had already caused massive gridlock around metro Atlanta's highways that left motorists and schoolchildren stranded in cars and buses for hours.

On Thursday, English apologized for his response. Gov. Nathan Deal said English's office gave him bad advice about the storm.

While admitting that he made a mistake, English asked that the public consider past decisions that he's gotten right.