September 9 2005, 8:36 AM
Time is reporting several inconsistencies in the resume of Mike Brown, the Coloradan who heads FEMA.
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 truth, Brown wasn't an "assistant city manager," he was an "assistant to the city manager," a position with no authority over other employees, and more like an intern or administrative assistant, according to officials in the Oklahoma town.
Brown's lack of experience in emergency management isn't the only apparent bit of padding on his resume, which raises questions about how rigorously the White House vetted him before putting him in charge of FEMA. Under the "honors and awards" section of his profile at FindLaw.com -- which is information on the legal website provided by lawyers or their offices -- he lists "Outstanding Political Science Professor, Central State University". However, Brown "wasn't a professor here, he was only a student here," says Charles Johnson, News Bureau Director in the University Relations office at the University of Central Oklahoma (formerly named Central State University).Read the entire Time article for more examples.