The Magic Word for Budget Cuts
It used to be that those who had city jobs but had not passed tests or been certified in their titles were the first to go from the ranks. For many decades, mayors and administrators have doled out jobs by plucking titles out of a grab bag and attaching them to the favored person. Once a mayor asked me to become the public information officer. I said there was no such title at the time. No problem, His Honor said, I could be called a senior program analyst or somesuch. I declined.
Often a change of administrations leads to a purge of all holding provisional titles. Sometimes budget constraints do the same. But despite the global recession that has everyone watching pennies, the current administration seems oblivious to the need to consider cutting provisional staff. There is no new broom to sweep clean in 2010, it's the same broom that has been kept in the closet in recent years. And despite a clamor from citizens and a hardening of demands from the governing body, the administration is showing a willful disregard of the need to cut costs.
Round one was last night, round two is Thursday. The old joke about the mule and the two-by-four comes to mind ("First you have to get his attention"). We see who is being mulish. Anybody got a two-by-four?