MSNBC just announced that Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco has hired former FEMA Director James Lee Witt to serve as the state’s liaison with federal disaster efforts.
Witt is a native of Arkansas, and was selected in 1988 by then-Governor Bill Clinton to head the Arkansas Office of Emergency Services, and Witt moved with Clinton to Washington to head FEMA, which at the same time was elevated to cabinet-level. Clinton used FEMA more than any other president, declaring disasters 348 times. Witt heads a disaster consulting firm, James Lee Witt Associates, LLC.