Charlottesville City Councilor Kevin Lynch has been looking into the matter of Patrick Michaels, our useless state climatologist. Funny thing — UVa says he’s appointed by the governor, while the governor’s office says he’s appointed by UVa. On cvillenews.com, Kevin writes:
Everyone I contacted at UVA, from Envi Sci dept all the way to the VP, said the position is a Gubernatorial appointment. The Governors office is equally adamant that it must be a UVA appointment, since there is no record of the office in the “Blue Book” of executive appointments and no record in the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office of there ever having been such an appointment. (BTW, in the Dispatch article, the Governors office didn’t say they didn’t think there was nothing wrong with his actions – they said they didn’t think they had anything to do with his actions). Hmm.
Only one thing to do, which was to ask Prof Michaels himself, who told me that “State Climatologists are appointed via a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Climatic Data Center, the relevant University, and the Executive Branch”. Unfortunately, Prof Michaels doesn’t have a copy of said MOU, so Jack’s questions remain unanswered. Apparently, neither UVA or the Governor’s office have a copy of said MOU either, or else haven’t been able to locate it yet. Supposedly, the MOU would have been done in 1980. Prof Michaels suggested that I contact NCDC to see if they have a copy, which I will do tomorrow. In the meantime, it does raise some interesting questions in addition to Jacks’: Who exactly has oversight of this 91K line in the State budget and who does the State Climatologist answer to?
So we can stop paying this yahoo now, right?