Friday, December 02, 2016
Cathy Allen Confirmed as Director of Administration
Werner noted that Allen has been the recipient of an illegal raise and has improperly charged the County over $1,000 for meals and travel to which she was not entitled. Matt Dietz added that, in a meeting with Allen, he was appalled when she accused several Council members of opposing her because they are sexist. Phillips is concerned about Allen's previously reported tax liens and foreclosure.
Executive John Brown stuck by Allen. "I believe we all have shortcomings, we all have challenges, we all misstep at times, and that's just our human nature," he said in her defense. "Ms. Allen has been and continues to be on a daily basis instrumental in making sure that the objectives of this administration get implemented in a way that moves this county forward." He noted hat Allen attacked the scalding water problem at Gracedale when she was first brought on board and, most recently, administered a well-run presidential election. He claimed that, to many employees, she is a go-to resource.
Mat Benol, who had previously opposed Allen, changed course. "What sticks in my mind is when she came to a prior council with [union agent] Justus James," he said. "That spoke volumes to what her abilities are."
Peg Ferraro said she is "absolutely torn" but decided to give Allen the nod. "Our Executive is doing an excellent job and he has complete faith and trust in this person ... . If he feels the confidence, I guess I will feel the confidence also."
After she was confirmed, one person in the back attempted to applaud, but no one joined him.
Less controversial was the appointment of Tim Herrlinger as Director of Community and Economic Development, at a salary of $83,718. He was confirmed unanimously. "Tim, I think you've done a great job so far," said John Cusick.