Auto theft board mem­ber seeks an­swers on not be­ing reap­pointed

The Detroit News - - News - BY MIKE MARTIN­DALE The Detroit News

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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