It looks like the appointment of Mike Brown as the director of FEMA is no abberation. Most of the directors on a regional level seem to have little qualification for their jobs, as Michael Petrelis points out.
Petrelis points out some of the qualifications of the regional directors, taken from their official bios:
I’d say the worst of the lot are Region 1’s Horak, who’s experience in retailing and p.r. consulting; Region 3’s Arcuri, who’s bio lists no qualifications, just a resume detailing her rise through the FEMA ranks; Region 8’s Maurstad, who’s created programs honoring teenage leaders for their courage; and the most unqualified may be Region 10’s Pennington, who authored more than 30 laws when he serves in the WA legislature.
The Seattle Times describes the qualifications of the director for the Northwest:
Before he was appointed regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Pennington got a degree from a correspondence school that government investigators later described as a “diploma mill.”
No worries here, though. The director for the region that includes Montana lists these fine accomplisments:
Mr. Maurstad was the Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, a position to which he was elected in 1998. In that position, Mr. Maurstad served as federal liaison and tribal liaison and chairman of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. During his tenure as lieutenant governor, he also worked with the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services on early childhood learning issues and created a program to recognize young people from across Nebraska for their achievements and personal courage.
Mr. Maurstad had previously served as a member of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. He had also previously served on the Beatrice School Board and was mayor of that city.