ing with Woodard, should have immediately brought concerns to the attention of the board.
“I don’t need you telling me about my duty or integrity,” McCabe snapped. “I have been a police officer for 41 years.
“I may be going away but these issues are not going away.”
McCabe also told the board it might be time for supervision of the auto theft authority to be transferred from the state police.
McCabe has supervised antiauto theft units for the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and participated in statewide Help Eliminate Auto Theft efforts. After Thursday’s board meeting, he reiterated his frustration at not being reappointed.
“It really doesn’t make any sense — I have more expertise than anyone else on the board regarding auto theft prevention,” he said. “I have heard it’s because the governor has a strict rule against his appointees serving more than two terms. I don’t think that is true and can’t help but feel this is a punitive action taken because I supported Scott Woodard and asked for answers to his questions and more.”
The unpaid authority board post is one of dozens the governor fills by appointment every year. A Snyder spokesman said McCabe and a second member were not reappointed because of policy.
“He (McCabe) had already served two full terms and was not eligible for reappointment,” said Kurt Weiss, a spokesman for Snyder. “Mark Wagonschultz no longer works in the auto insurance industry and therefore was not eligible for reappointment as a representative of auto insurers.
“The service that Mike and Mark provided to the board over the years is very much appreciated,” Weiss said.
Wagonschultz was Thursday’s meeting.
ATPA bylaws and a gubernatorial guidebook for appointments do not reflect any barriers to multiple-term appointments. McCabe said at Thursday’s meeting that at least 23 other people serving on state boards were
at reappointed after serving more than two terms.
Woodard, a 27-year police veteran with 23 years as a trooper, disclosed his concerns to McCabe and others more than a year ago that auto theft funds were being diverted to pay state police salaries and buy computer equipment. He went on a medical leave after an “investigatory suspension with pay” starting July 3, according to state police spokeswoman Shanon Banner.
State police officials have not elaborated on the investigation of Woodard other than saying it concerns an “off-duty” activity not involving the auto theft authority.
The state auditor general is reviewing the authority’s finances following Woodard’s allegations of misuse. The authority is funded by about $6 million annually from $1 fees on every license plate issued in Michigan.
The agency coordinates antiauto theft efforts and distributes grants to law enforcement agencies across Michigan.