Prior to last weekend, probably most of us had never seen nor heard of Edward Moore, director of Toledo's Department of Public Utilities. We found out all too well the important role that this man plays in making our lives comfortable. We put a lot of trust in the person who holds that position.
Well, there is an interesting story behind Moore. During the Bell administration, Moore was the director of the City's Department of Public Service. When Collins became mayor, he replaced Moore with William Franklin. Replacing Moore, who is African American, added to the heat that Collins took for not appointing enough minorities to high-level positions. In a December 16, 2013, Blade article, Collins explained that he had nothing against Moore, but he needed to have "people in positions that I have confidence in."
Collins' choice for the director of Public Utilities, Robin Whitney, served for four months before leaving to take a job with ProMedica.
So what does Collins do? He appoints the person who he previously did not have enough confidence in to retain in the Public Service position, as the new director of Public Utilities.
And there's more.