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Wed Oct 20, 2021, 05:53 PM

Arbitrator: Official wrongly fired in Flint water scandal

Source: AP

By ED WHITE

DETROIT (AP) — The only Michigan official fired in the Flint water catastrophe likely was a “public scapegoat” who lost her job because of politics, an arbitrator said in ordering $191,880 in back pay and other compensation.

It’s a remarkable victory for Liane Shekter Smith, who served as head of the state’s drinking water office when Flint’s water system was contaminated with lead. She was removed and then fired in 2016 and subsequently faced criminal charges in one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

Shekter Smith was dismissed while engineers in her department — the “boots on the ground” in Flint — were suspended with pay before ultimately returning to work, the arbitrator said in a 22-page report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Sheldon Stark said the state had failed to offer enough evidence to justify the firing of Shekter Smith, who had an “exemplary” record in government.



FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo, defendant Liane Shekter Smith listens during a preliminary examination in the cases of four defendants, all former or current officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, in Flint, Mich. Shekter Smith, the only Michigan official fired in the Flint water disaster, was likely a “public scapegoat” who lost her job because of politics, an arbitrator said in ordering $191,880 in back pay and other compensation. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 06:43 PM

1. My take is, how did Governor Rick Snyder

toss out the duly elected Government of Flint and then make decisions that poisoned the town and not take responsibility for the people that screwed up the water by leaving out the cheap chemical that had always been used by the elected officials.

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Wed Oct 20, 2021, 07:53 PM

2. Damned straight she was a scapegoat. Why wasn't Snyder put on trial?!?!?!?!?!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 21, 2021, 09:14 PM

3. This is great news. Usually an innocent public official takes the blame for his or her superiors.

What's unusual is that this wrong was reported and steps were taken to right the wrong. A good sign!

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