The Navy’s top admiral says an investigation into allegations of mismanagement at the U.S. Naval War College is continuing and he’s confident the college will be stronger in the end.

Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, tells The Associated Press Wednesday that the college in Newport will continue to be a strong, vibrant institution.

The AP reported last week that the college president, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, was under investigation for allegedly spending excessively, abusing his hiring authority and otherwise behaving inappropriately, including keeping a margarita machine in his office.

This May 2019 photo provided by U.S. Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, shows his official artist's portrait, left, displayed in a gallery in Conolly Hall on the school's campus in Newport, R.I. Dozens of emails, which span from December 2017 to May 2019, were shared with The Associated Press by people at the war college who said they were concerned about Rear Adm. Harley's leadership and judgment. (Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley/U.S. Naval War College via AP)
This May 2019 photo provided by U.S. Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, shows his official artist’s portrait, left, displayed in a gallery in Conolly Hall on the school’s campus in Newport, R.I. Dozens of emails, which span from December 2017 to May 2019, were shared with The Associated Press by people at the war college who said they were concerned about Rear Adm. Harley’s leadership and judgment. (Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley/U.S. Naval War College via AP)

Harley was removed from his post Monday.

Richardson says he felt there was “enough actionable information” to reassign Harley. He called the AP report “responsible and balanced.”

Richardson was at the college to speak to students about leadership.

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