FLINT, Mich. (WOOD)- A supervisor from the state department mostly blamed for the Flint water crisis is off the job.
The head of the Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance unit, Liane Shekter Smith, was fired Friday, the governor’s office announced. Smith was reassigned after the crisis came to light and suspended last month.
The actions of a second DEQ employee suspended last month are still under review, the governor’s office said.
The DEQ director and communications director resigned in December.
Last year, a federal task force said the DEQ was mostly to blame for the Flint water crisis.
“Putting the well-being of Michiganders first needs to be the top priority for all state employees,” Gov. Snyder stated in the Friday news release. “Anything less than that is unacceptable. The DEQ is working to change this culture and ensure mistakes that endanger our residents don’t occur again.”
Meanwhile the federal government plans to continue its probe into the Flint water crisis.
Congressman Fred Upton of St. Joseph announced Friday the Energy and Commerce Committee he chairs will hold a hearing next month focused on preventing similar disasters.
Upton and Flint Congressman Dan Kildee have introduced legislation to ensure any discovery of contaminates in water by the EPA immediately disclosed to the public.
Upton told 24 Hour News 8 he is also optimistic that a substantial amount money to help Flint will soon be approved by Congress.