“I’m not privy to court settlements,” Browning said. “I’ve never been called to trial. I’ve never been told the fire marshal’s office did anything wrong. I can’t affect what happens in court settlements and conversations between lawyers.”
While Browning brushed aside the settlement and dismissed his critics, he did say ride inspections are now more effective. He said that when state inspectors check carnival rides, they are now required to ask the operators if any mechanical modifications have been made.
“I can tell you that we have taken that investigation very seriously and when it was brought to our attention by the inspector general that they were looking into it, we immediately re-evaluated everything in that case and we’ve taken action,” Browning said.