Auto theft board member seeks answers on not being reappointed
Brighton Township — An outgoing member of the state Auto Theft Prevention Authority sparred Thursday with the director of the Michigan State Police at a board meeting concerning the alleged misuse of funds, saying he believed he was not reappointed to the board for expressing concerns.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, a veteran law enforcement officer who has been on the authority’s board for nearly eight years, again pressed State Police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue about answers to allegations from a federal lawsuit filed by suspended Lt. Scott Woodard, the board’s former executive director.
“I firmly believe the only reason I am not being reappointed is my dispute
McCabe told Etue with you,” during the meeting at the MSP’s Brighton Post, saying he was confused after learning recently he would not be reappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Last year, Woodard questioned the payment of more than $14,000 for computer equipment and salary expenses of two state police employees. After Woodard was put on leave as executive director, McCabe brought the issues up for board discussion and defended the MSP lieutenant at a meeting in July.
An internal inquiry by state police found no mishandling of funds but McCabe said it was not a complete investigation and that several board members, including himself, were never contacted by investigators. The state auditor general is completing a special audit of ATPA funds and is expected to release its report next month.
Regardless of audit findings, McCabe said Woodard’s career has been damaged and now he, McCabe, is was being told his expertise in anti-auto theft efforts were no longer required on the board.
“I firmly believe the only reason I am not being reappointed is my dispute with you,” McCabe told Etue.
McCabe said Woodard was “a man of character and high principles, and what he did took a lot of guts. He came forward with what he believed was wrongdoing ... and he’s paid the price. He’s never going to get his reputation or career back.”
Etue, who said she has led the board for nearly a decade and is retiring this year, responded: “I had nothing to do with any appointments or non-appointments . ... If you have concerns, you can contact the governor’s appointment officers.”
The State Police commander also said that McCabe, after talk-
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