Tuesday, November 04, 2014
NorCo Council Needs To Hear From Its Centurions
An example of this came into play last week, when Council was discussing the Louise Moore Pine Mansion. Why were offices being planned? Does this comply with the terms of her trust and will? Nobody really had any answers.
The one person who could have answered all questions, Parks Director Gortie Heller, was directed to stay away. He could have explained the deplorable conditions in which his workers are currently housed. He could have told them about the Graystone Building, where there are no elevator. But he didn';t because he was not there.
Doran J. Hamann, the mensat Budget Administrator who's been a fixture at every Budget hearing i can remember from years past, is missing. And when questions about the Budget arise, questions he can answer in 15 seconds,, Council is greeted with "I don't knows" from a Cabinet as inexperienced as they are.
Human Services sages like Kevin Dolan, who heads up CYF, were told their services won't be needed. This, they had no opportunity to tell Council about what is going on in their departments, and whether what their bosses are saying is really true.
Luis Campos, Director of Administration, claimed all problems in the Civil Division will be solved with new software. That's just completely untrue. That office has lost all four of its deputies. Thanks to John Brown, they're retiring. Another four are gone. The office is down eight people.
Diane Donaher completely misrepresented that the nearly $3 million in table games money is under the control of the gaming Board. Wrong. It's a slush fund under the control of the Executive.
The only place that sent its own people (other than independently elected officials) is the jail. And when Arnie Matos honestly reported that there';s a shortage, Glenn Geissinger tried to argue the point.
For some reason, Brown is keeping department heads and other employees I like to call out centurions, away from Council. That is a disservice to both.
The Roman Legion under Gaius Marius was perhaps the greatest army that existed, and that is because of the centurion. That's the equivalent of today's noncom or department head. You need to listen to them, as Gaius did and Julius Caeser did.
Today's new Council doesn't even know who they are, let alone listen to them.