“He misled the public and lied to the public about the culpability of his subordinates and his office,” Goyeneche said.
In an interview last week, Browning again defended his statements, maintaining that he didn’t find out about the mechanical modifications to the ride until his office months later after his office thoroughly investigated the accident.
“That’s all information that was found out later when it was determined that the owner didn’t notify the fire marshal’s office of the changes in the ride, after press releases went out, after the preliminary investigation was done,” Browning said.
The inspector general’s report points out that it is the job of fire marshal’s inspectors to catch mechanical problems before clearing the ride to operate.
Browning, however, said that’s asking too much of state inspectors.