Michigan Gov. Snyder appoints WMU-Cooley Professor to Flint Water Committee
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the appointment of retired Brigadier General and WMU-Cooley Law School Professor Michael C.H. McDaniel to the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee (FWICC). McDaniel’s appointment is in addition to his role as lead for Flint’s Fast Action and Sustainability Team, where he serves as liaison between Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s and Snyder’s offices, a post that he was appointed to in early February.
“I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Snyder to advocate for the city of Flint and Mayor Weaver as a member of the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee. We are cooperatively developing our plans and efforts to move forward on lead service line removal,” said McDaniel.
The 17-member committee, housed within Michigan State Police, will make recommendations to the governor regarding the health and welfare of people exposed to lead, studies Flint’s water infrastructure and determines potential upgrades, reviews Flint Water Task Force recommendations, and recommends ways to improve communication between local and state government.
In a statement released by Snyder, the governor said, “I am confident that the expertise Brig. Gen. McDaniel brings to this committee will be a tremendous asset as we continue to address the water crisis in Flint.”
"General McDaniel's appointment to this important position continues the law school's tradition of serving the public while providing WMU-Cooley’s students the real-life knowledge and experience that trains them well for the practice of law,” said WMU-Cooley President Don LeDuc. "We are proud to have our faculty assist the citizens of Flint in addressing this unprecedented problem."
McDaniel is director of WMU-Cooley’s LL.M. program in Homeland Security and teaches in the school's Constitutional Law department. He joined WMU-Cooley's faculty after serving as U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance. He was also former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's Homeland Security Advisor in 2003, serving in that role until he joined the law school faculty.
McDaniel’s appointment to the FWICC is for three years, expiring Dec. 31, 2018. Member’s appointments are not subject to advice or consent of Michigan’s legislative bodies.
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