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Criminal Charges against Public Safety Officials

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Here at the Digest we have often explored the philosophy that integrity, and the resultant trust, is a component of public service effectiveness that no emergency manager can live without--so we will continue to emphasize stories that advocate that level of integrity.

So it is with some appreciation that public service officials have begun to be held responsible for the poisoning of Flint Michigan children through the falsification of water quality data.

NO ONE in our field should consider themselves exempt from their actions with regard to serving and protecting the public. And NO ONE in our field should EVER try to skate with the excuse that: 'Well, my boss told me to change the numbers, so I did.' The person that accepts that guidance doesn't understand what public service is about, or to what extent the public relies on us for their health and safety.

Just sayin'.

 

Randall Cuthbert Dr. Randall Cuthbert is a retired APUS Professor of Emergency & Disaster Management. He has also worked as a Red Cross Shelter Supervisor, and spent a 20-year career as a US Air Force Civil Engineer Officer. His blogging interests include: protecting & enhancing the EDM profession in the areas of integrity, honorable public service, and social justice; education regarding the 'big picture' role of EDM in our society; educating our professionals and neighbors with regard to the greatest threat to our civilization--climate change; and in general terms, creating a better world for our children and grandchildren.