I was wondering when council and the ankle biters were going to wake up and figure out what hiring a new city manager when you already had one on contract would cost. It seems like yesterday's council meeting was the first sign of them knowing that millions of dollars are going out the door for no work in return.
I thought it was pretty obvious to everyone that Joyce Wilson was going to be paid until September unless she was fired for cause. And if I'm not mistaken, they'd still owe her money if she was fired. Don't you all remember when she resigned months back naming the date at the end of her contract as her last day? It was a big deal. Can't believe you missed that.
Now, that moron Martin Paredes claims that Wilson is sticking around to be "vetted" into the pension fund. He got that from Lilly Limon who doesn't know how to use big words or anything about who does what for whom at the city. Paredes' info is complete bullshit. Be aware of that when reading his conspiracy theory blog. And you might also measure the words coming out of his friends' mouths as well - they all have the same bad info.
When the mayor decided to go about replacing Wilson six months early he must have known that he'd be paying two city manager salaries for a while. I mean, wouldn't that be obvious? That's why I've always wondered about his timing. There was no need to start the process when they started it. There was also no reason to turn the process into a sprint.
Had the mayor started the process now to hire someone in August, he'd only have a month overlap where he was paying two city managers. There'd also be less of a mass exodus from the ranks of city management.
I hear a lot of top people were asked to leave. They didn't do anything wrong, they were just disliked by either a council member, the mayor, the mayor's new friends - Limon and Holguin crowd, or the interim city manager. The "cleaning house" portion of the new city manager's term has taken place before he has even arrived. Makes you wonder if there will be another round of beheadings.
The problem with asking people to leave when they didn't do anything wrong is that you have to pay them to go. This gets very expensive when you are talking about high level folks. And once you've negotiated their departure - even if they are being paid for weeks or months - they have to leave the work place. That means they can go do whatever they want while getting paid not to work.
As a taxpayer you can not be mad at a good employee who negotiated themselves a good deal in response to a council and mayor who were unnecessarily hostile/mean to them. You need to be mad at the mayor and council for forcing good people out based on their own petty bullshit political beefs that are usually completely made up in their tiny little brains.
In the case of two earlier retirements this year it was sacrificing the messenger in the hopes of providing some cover for the real morons who caused the problem. Well, they had to hire those messengers back because the nine people sitting in a semicircle on Tuesdays are too dumb to do their jobs and needed help. I mean, you can barely get council members to show up on Tuesdays much less other days of the week where they might work on at least reading the agenda before they see it in a meeting.
I told you a long time ago that city council and Mayor Cook had abdicated their responsibilities to the city manager. They gave Wilson and her staff all the power in the world. Then they bitched about it. Leeser has decided he and Firth are going to do something about that. However, there are questions as to just how legal his moves are and how much it's going to cost. Leeser wants to be the smartest guy in the room and that means he's got to pay at least 50 people to leave that room. Selling cars doesn't prepare you to run city government - proof is in this pudding.
I hear that the price tag for this early city manager switch and the Mayor's moves to please Limon and Holguin (by asking ballpark sympathizers to leave) is going to top $1 million in salaries this year alone. That doesn't count the other benefits and goodies that could go on for up to 18 months in some cases.
In the ultimate El Paso-esque ending... you are paying really good people to work for someone else.
And please remember - Wilson is gone. She had nothing to do with any of this. It's all the mayor and Firth acting on behalf of Holguin and Limon. I told you there was a hit list that named any employee that showed any kind of support of the ballpark. Even if that meant doing their job. Now they are scratching names off of that list. Pay attention people. You're being robbed by the very people who told you they'd put a stop to all the robbery.
Oh, and Limon wants all the employees who sat in the city's box at the new stadium fired. That's why she is asking. She has told her network that she is going to get those employees fired. And that network immediately emailed me because they now think she's crazy.