Before joining FEMA, his only previous stint in emergency management, according to his bio posted on FEMA's website, was "serving as an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight." The White House press release from 2001 stated that Brown worked for the city of Edmond, Okla., from 1975 to 1978 "overseeing the emergency services division." In fact, according to Claudia Deakins, head of public relations for the city of Edmond, Brown was an "assistant to the city manager" from 1977 to 1980, not a manager himself, and had no authority over other employees. "The assistant is more like an intern," she told TIME. "Department heads did not report to him." Brown did do a good job at his humble position, however, according to his boss. "Yes. Mike Brown worked for me. He was my administrative assistant. He was a student at Central State University," recalls former city manager Bill Dashner. "Mike used to handle a lot of details. Every now and again I'd ask him to write me a speech. He was very loyal. He was always on time. He always had on a suit and a starched white shirt."
Wow impressive, he was on time. Now I was an intern once and let's say it went without saying I was to be on time and dress professionally. My advisor never told me I excelled or was subsequently hired due to punctuality or appropriate dress.
Brown also lists "Outstanding Political Science Professor, Central State University".
But Time contacted the university and was told:
Brown "wasn't a professor here, he was only a student here......"He may have been an adjunct instructor," says Johnson, but that title is very different from that of "professor."
As for the honor of "Outstanding Political Science Professor," Johnson says, "I spoke with the department chair yesterday and he's not aware of it." Johnson could not confirm that Brown made the Dean's list or was an "Outstanding Political Science Senior," as is stated on his online profile.
Brown also claims "that from 1983 to the present he has been director of the Oklahoma Christian Home, a nursing home in Edmond."
But " an administrator with the Home, told TIME that Brown is "not a person that anyone here is familiar with."
Brown's also lists "a wide range of areas of legal practice, from estate planning to family law to sports."
But his boss said "He did mainly transactional work, not litigation," says Jones. "There was a feeling that he was not serious and somewhat shallow." Jones says when his law firm split, Brown was one of two staffers who was let go."
It's clear the White House did not vet Mr. Brown. The question I have is did the White House do the padding? Because frankly I don't think Drownie would have been capable of even that.