Mayor: It's somebody else's fault

The Blade waits until the very last paragraph of this lengthy story to give readers the most jarring remark by Mayor Collins, that directors (he used the plural) of public utilities are "political hacks." He doesn't name names and the editors apparently didn't press him to do so, but it's obvious that Ed Moore, a good and decent man, is being set up as a scapegoat. My guess is that the mayor and the editors are colluding, doing a little set-up work to justify future attacks on selected employees in the water division.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2014/08/12/Mayor-pleads-for-U-S-stat...

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I don't typically comment immediately after one of my posts, but I wanted to remind dear readers of Swampbubbles that political hacktivism is growing like algae in the mayor's office. Reinbolt -- who first hired on with the city in 1980 and was chief of staff from 2006-2009 and apparently had no issues about staffing the water department during those years -- supposedly is to remain as Collins' right-hand man for one year while he grooms somebody named Joel Mazur, a brownfields worker, as his successor. Bill Franklin, a retread from the Carty years, is supposed to be mentoring some 26-year-old kid named Stephen Leggett to assume command of the public services department. Leggett's record of public service and experience? He managed the Collins mayoral campaign. Other than that, zip. And what happens when skills, experience and accomplishment meets up with Collins' brand of political hacktivism? Your ass is tossed out the door as happened to former police chief Derrick Diggs.

Patience is a great virtue.

The way Toledo is being run has the smell of Carty all over it. So far Collins appears to be heading for the distinction of being the worst mayor in the history of Toledo. In addition, it is amazing to me how a man so inarticulate has become the mayor.

Have you ever seen a speech by Boston's Mayor Menino?

Here he is hoping to win the World Series Cup.

In case if you're wondering if this was an isolated instance... it wasn't.

MikeyA

that distinction which belongs to Obama on Collins. Collins is much more articulate then Carty, and more professional.

"DTOM" {1776} " We The People" {1791}

Lots of questions here.

1. Why the hell did Collins feel it was necessary, smart, and/or productive to meet for 2 hours with representatives from The Blade? If he had any semblance of a backbone, he'd be thumbing his nose at the dying publication and concentrating on responding to the citizens he was elected to represent.

2. So Collins indicates that one of the problems with the Toledo Public Utilities Department is that "political hacks" have been appointed to direct it. Didn't he do exactly that when appointing Ed Moore? Moore, whose sordid past has been chronicled on this website, is a revolving door political position hound. It's like a hospital putting the former chief landscaper in charge of the emergency room. Some jobs require specific backgrounds.

3. Collins thinks that the problems that caused us to be without drinking water for a couple of days can be solved by laws? We've got plenty of environmental laws. What we don't have are effective individuals to oversee the City's operations.

Government is never the answer.

Moore, who is an engineer, should be replaced with a philosophy major, or, with one of the previous holder's of the office who allegedly was an alcoholic involved in several traffic accidents with city vehicles while intoxicated. They don't want effective individuals. They want drones.

I don't think those are the only two choices for the City--a construction engineer with seriously twisted ethics or the other person to whom you refer.

There are two environmental engineering firms in the City that I'm aware of, thus we know there are people who have experience in water and waste water treatment. Those are the people the City should hire to be the Public Utilities director.

Twisted ethics is your twisted opinion. If you study the truth it will provide you with the truth. I know a man who also received his degree as a construction engineer and spent many years practicing as a competent, effective and respected environmental expert. You don't really know what education and experience Mr. Moore has.

If a person is a successful engineer with a background in environmental engineering, AND if that person also had management experience, that person would make a much larger salary in the private sector than (s)he could accepting a political appointment. In addition, in the private sector, that person would not be under the type of public scrutiny that one faces as a political appointee. In the private sector, one works in relative anonymity, and makes a lot more money doing so, as well..
Too many common folks view the salaries which top level appointees get to public jobs, compare them to the money common folks make, and believe that highly qualified candidates are lining up around the block to compete for those jobs. In truth, especially in areas which require significant educational and experiential backgrounds, most of the potential applicants simply don't want the public job.

"in the private sector, that person would not be under the type of public scrutiny that one faces as a political appointee. In the private sector, one works in relative anonymity, and makes a lot more money doing so, as well.."
Don't forget that people in the private sector actually work, too, or they get fired.

Public scrutiny only happens in the public sector when one screws up.

When one screws up in the private sector the company gets the public scrutiny and the individual loses their job.

MikeyA

The public sector seldom attracts the best people in their field because: 1. The private sector pays far less; and 2. Public scrutiny is NOT focused only on those who "screw up," but on anyone in authority who makes a controversial decision.

Remember, I worked in the private sector for 15 years before I ever worked in the public sector. And I worked in the private sector part-time almost the entire 35 years I was teaching. I have seen plenty of "goldbricking" go unpunished in the private sector.
Human beings are imperfect. Whether those imperfect human beings work in the private sector or public sector, some goldbricks will get caught and be fired, and some will get away with screwing up because they are good at sucking up! It's called life!
The private sector has just as many screw ups as does the public sector. If the private sector is so good at eliminating poor performers, why do any private businesses, including some very large corporations, go bankrupt? Of course, if the business is "too big to fail..."

According to the source I found on-line, the salary of the Public Utilities Director for Toledo is $64,000 per year. The MEDIAN salary for an environmental engineer is $83,160!
So, how many successful environmental engineers do you think are chomping-at-the-bit to be Toledo's Public Utilities director?

Are you saying you went into the public sector because you weren't the best in your field?...=)

I don't think that is what he's saying. Environmental Engineer's positions are very scarce. So, you take what you can get.

a top level administrator. A top level administrator expects to get higher remuneration at the cost of higher visibility and greater scrutiny. And, if the public sector needs people who are highly qualified in a technical field, there is a good chance that most of the best and the brightest will not want to make the sacrifice in both economic terms and in privacy.

As for me, personally, I was in the private sector for 15 years before I started teaching. The remuneration I received from my students and their parents could be neither quantified nor matched by money alone.

It was an attempt at some levity from the conversation...

Sorry, for WHAT? Levity goes right over the heads of some people here. They're what I call "true believers". Good post, BTW!

SP, Zeyad is correct. Not only does Moore well know what he's doing on his job, he is an honorable man. Time spent observing him and talking to him would convince you of that. But all of you are ignoring the point that our mayor casually smeared any number of department directors by calling them political hacks. Carty was known for belittling ranking employees, but never to the extent where he put their education and training in question with the public, nor in a blanket statement that besmirched all of them by avoiding identifying them by name. If Collins is so certain that hacks hold jobs simply because of their political connections, he should have the courage to identify them and allow them to defend themselves. And once more, two thumbs down to the Blade for failing to demand Collins provide evidence of his "political hacks" accusation.

Patience is a great virtue.

What is the point of a Strong Mayor if the Public Works chiefs don't serve at his pleasure?

And yes, if there is someone Collins doesn't agree with he should publicly put their name out there immediately, not after a "crisis".

MikeyA

Collins may eventually try to blame Black people for the crisis.

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