Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Is Hellwig's Year Up?

Last night at the budget non-meeting I mentioned that Police Director Martin Hellwig's one-year acting term was up on March 20. Therefore, some action regarding the role should be taken next Monday. City Administrator Marc Dashield said he believed the term was up on April 20.

At my age, one always fears for signs of memory deterioration, so I looked it up on the blog and, for good measure, in the Courier News online archive to back up my news clip with a hand-written date. On March 21, 2008, Brandon Lausch reported that Public Safety Director Martin Hellwig had been appointed the day before as police director in acting capacity.

So either the mayor jumped the gun or the year is indeed up.

I used the search word "loggerheads" to retrieve the blog post and it also turned up a long-forgotten spat with Dan. Click here and scroll to trudge down memory lane.

The question of "acting" roles also made me realize that Dashield himself is overdue again in his dual role as city administrator and acting director of Administration, Finance, Health and Social Services. And so it goes.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow ... thanks for the insight, Bernice.

It's amazing this town is still surviving ... albeit, barely!

Everyone is "on stage" in Plainfield as 'actors'.

Maybe, the mayor is 'acting' as well.

The only solace is that we KNOW when HER term is up.

8:51 AM  
Blogger olddoc said...

If my addled memory serves me right, the mayor made the appointment effective the day aftert the council deposed Santiago. It was later corrected tobe effective the day the position became active so the April date may be right.

Do you really expect the Green Machine to abide by regulations or tradition ? That could be out of charcter.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Helwig has failed the citizens of Plainfield. Being a pay-to-play employee, he has taken a traditional approach to his job and consequently quality of life issues have been left to fester- leaving residents insecure in their homes and neighborhoods. He needs to go!

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has any one asked why Plainfield has not been able to keep financial department heads? Is it because these gentlemen know something the administration is hiding from the citizens? Are the books cooked? Is the house built on platitudes and false promises?

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Director Hellwig has been doing a great job in our city. Plainfield hasn't had an good Public Safety director since the Lattimore days.

3:28 PM  

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