WASHINGTON — After just one week on the job, White House communications chief John O. Koehler resigned today, bowing to a request from newly named White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr.
Koehler announced his departure during a visit to the White House briefing room. "A new general manager of an important enterprise must be totally comfortable with his staff," Koehler said. "In this Administration, the new general manager is Sen. Howard Baker."
Koehler said he talked with Baker about his job Friday and told President Reagan today that he was resigning. He said he told Reagan "that I recognize and endorse Sen. Baker's need to have his own team for a successful execution of his vital mission."
Not 'Jerked Around'
Responding to a question about his short tenure, Koehler said, "I don't feel like I've been jerked around." He said he would resume work as a private consultant.