Martin Traxler (right), the former director of the Louisville VA Medical Center | Photo by Joe Sonka

Martin Traxler has resigned as the director of the Louisville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, following the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposing that he be removed from his position due to misconduct.

According to Curt Cashour, the spokesman for the federal agency, Traxler resigned from his position effective Feb. 2, the same day that the VA proposed his removal from federal service for whistleblower retaliation, conduct unbecoming of a senior executive and lack of candor.

“Secretary (David) Shulkin has made clear that VA will hold employees accountable when they fail to live up to the high standards taxpayers expect from us,” stated Cashour in an email to Insider. “And that’s exactly what we moved to do in this case.”

Emma Metcalf, the director of the Lexington VA Medical Center, will serve as acting director at the Louisville VAMC until further notice.

Traxler had been the director of the Louisville VA Medical Center since Nov. 30, 2014.

The VA did not immediately provide further details about the alleged misconduct that Traxler was accused of.

In October, the VA gave final approval for the Brownsboro Road location as the site of Louisville’s nearly $1 billion replacement VA hospital, appearing to end a site selection process that had lasted a decade.

This story will be updated.

Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]


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