Flint, MI- The State of Michigan’s top medical executive, facing a jury trial in connection with the Flint water crisis, has been hired to fill a new classified position within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Mayor Karen Weaver had the following to say:
“I wish at this point that I could be shocked by the actions of MDHHS and state government, but I simply cannot. There is a saying about when people show you who they are, you better believe them. Since the beginning of this crisis who they are has been made clear, I believe them,” Weaver stated.
“To create a new position, a classified position, with protections in place, one where she was the only applicant, it’s just plain insulting. I understand that you are innocent until proven guilty in this country; but I would love to see how many people are allowed to be bound over for trial on manslaughter, lying to a police officer, and obstruction, get a new position within the governmental structure, that is protected. Not only is this a defiant laugh in the face of Flint residents, but this appears to be a blatant maneuver to keep the Governor-elect from making any decisions as far keeping or removing a very controversial employee.”