Fired official doesn't want to talk about Flint water crisis

DETROIT (AP) — The former head of Michigan’s drinking water office who was fired amid Flint’s crisis with lead-tainted water doesn’t want to talk her role.

Liane Shekter Smith, the ex-chief of the Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance, appeared last week in a Detroit courtroom so her
lawyer could assert Smith’s constitutional right against self-incrimination amid ongoing investigations.

The judge agreed. Her attorney Brian Morley tells The Detroit News she “didn’t do anything wrong.” She hasn’t been charged. reports Assistant Attorney General Tom Dawson didn’t object to the request. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office is investigating and has charged two DEQ
employees and a Flint water plant employee.

Shekter Smith was reassigned after the crisis came to light and her firing was announced in February.