|Lisa Boscola with John Brown at Corbett visit|
I believe his main problem is poor communication, and he may be the only elected official I know who made that problem worse when he selected a PR consultant for $84,000. That, the Sletvold nomination to PD and Zosky business consultant contract, were major gaffes made worse by an Executive who is used to flying solo. Human Services Director Allison Frantz has already got him into hot water with the judges, and he took the blame when she should have been the one falling on the sword.
Those are problems, but he can turn that around by improving his communication skills and being more transparent.
On the plus side, his outreach to the workforce is stronger than I've seen in any Executive. He actually attends union meetings, and has been making the rounds to different county departments. He may have a better handle on what bothers workers than most Council members. Also, he has made some good appointments. Bob Eyer as PD, Vic Scomillio as Solicitor and Richard Young in Public Works are all well respected and hit the ground running. Although he should sever all ties to Matt Deibert and Richard McAteer, who know nothing about County government, I believe he has tried to be nonpartisan.
What do you think?