Michael Brown’s Resume/Job/Experience/Lack Thereof…

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Hurricane Katrina

Sure, it’s a cheap shot…but…

As I’ve said, this is all you need to know.

Before joining FEMA, his only previous stint in emergency management, according to his bio posted on FEMA’s website, was “serving as an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight.” The White House press release from 2001 stated that Brown worked for the city of Edmond, Okla., from 1975 to 1978 “overseeing the emergency services division.” In fact, according to Claudia Deakins, head of public relations for the city of Edmond, Brown was an “assistant to the city manager” from 1977 to 1980, not a manager himself, and had no authority over other employees. “The assistant is more like an intern,” she told TIME. “Department heads did not report to him.” Brown did do a good job at his humble position, however, according to his boss. “Yes. Mike Brown worked for me. He was my administrative assistant. He was a student at Central State University,” recalls former city manager Bill Dashner. “Mike used to handle a lot of details. Every now and again I’d ask him to write me a speech. He was very loyal. He was always on time. He always had on a suit and a starched white shirt.”

As I’ve said….well…I said it already…

And just in case you think I’m being rude, here is some more “proof”:

Five of eight top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials came to their posts with virtually no experience in handling disasters and now lead an agency whose ranks of seasoned crisis managers have thinned dramatically since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

FEMA’s top three leaders — Director Michael D. Brown, Chief of Staff Patrick J. Rhode and Deputy Chief of Staff Brooks D. Altshuler — arrived with ties to President Bush’s 2000 campaign or to the White House advance operation, according to the agency. Two other senior operational jobs are filled by a former Republican lieutenant governor of Nebraska anda U.S. Chamber of Commerce official who was once a political operative.

Am I just playing the “blame game” or can you really explain this to me?


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2 Responses to “Michael Brown’s Resume/Job/Experience/Lack Thereof…”

  1. Jim Jones Says:

    Let me take a crack at it … Bush will in many cases appoint people not based on experience or qualifications but based on ideological POV and loyalty. See Roberts nomination as Chief Justice of SCOTUS (ROberts may have qualifications but certainly not the experience) and rewarding of Tenet with Medal of Freedom after major intelligence fuck ups. There are other examples on the cabinet as well. Anyone remember John Ashcroft?

  2. Balanced News Blog Says:

    Michael Brown Replaced

    FEMA Director Michael Brown removed as overseer of relief efforts.

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