Though nobody disputes that this is a clear breach of contract, just about everyone agrees that the revolving door policy is aimed at something more nefarious, such as when a County employee snags a multimillion deal for some big vendor and then is hired away as a payoff. CACLV, in contrast, is the Lehigh Valley's only real poverty fighter. There's just no one else out there willing to do what this organization does for so little. And Marcus is leaving for this organization, not to enrich himself, but to help others. It's like going to the frickin' seminary.
Controller Steve Barron is no friend to Ross Marcus or the Stoffa Administration. He told Council's Finance Committee yesterday that they could pull the plug on funding for different CACLV operations, like the regional food bank. But even he warned that "The damage that would be done to Second Harvest would be catastrophic to those in need."
Barron suggested that some of CACLV's services to the County be bid out to serve as a "compensating control", a move that CACLV Executive Director Alan Jennings has suggested himself. I think the net result would be a lot of proposals with just one bid.
Anonymously, there have been off topic comments attacking Ross Marcus. Not so anonymously, the Fake Rev has stated that Marcus should try for a job at McDonald's. Perennial candidate Ron Shegda, whose mentally challenged sister was taken from him by Human Services, has incorrectly accused Stoffa employees of orchestrating the job, and is demanding Council to condemn it. These guys have an agenda, and 'tain't good government.
Noting that CACLV "does so much good for the community," Council member Scott Parsons said "it's time to turn your head and walk away."
"We have better things to do," remarked Council member Bob Werner.
Council member Peg Ferraro stated that "something about it does not feel right," but seems unwilling to suggest any form of sanction. Prez John Cusick, whose approach to governance can be anal at times, is stuck on competitive bidding. But who is going to bid against CACLV, John?
The evil this provision of the Administrative Code was designed to prevent simply does not exist in this case. De minimis non curat lex. Translated, that means the law does not deal with bullshit.