auditing the auditor
my impression from the outside (i've only been here 5 years--i'm still an outsider) is that the city is rife with cronyism and corruption to a current degree impossible to assess, as that iceberg's tip always seems to be growing larger. code words like "professional city management" have been used to supposedly reassure us that some who are more-relatively-new to this government of ours (let's use "the bernies" for lack of a better team name) remain tireless in their pursuit and rousting out of bad leftover seeds from before their time, and i think if i understand it correctly, we're supposed to be on their side about everything so they can continue to root out the root causes of our collective misery. the bernies' successes include the banishment of ex city councilors caught with their hands monkeying with the wheels of justice and proper city administration, fbi probes to nail all the guilty parties to the city's trees, and many other achievements. and good on 'em for it.
however, the opposition to the bernies (let's use "the coxes" for lack of a better team name) is rallied around what they perceive to be an ongoing affront to loyal and honest city residents, many of whom not given fair opportunity to be loyal and honest city employees, currently being supplanted by a more-professional-than-thou class of under-performing wannabees from out of town. i'm not sure what successes the coxes can legitimately claim over the past few years, as the bernies do have an irrefutable point that most all the miscreants currently coming to light happen to come from the previous city administration(s), but, see, here's where i'm starting to see at least some legitimacy to at least some of coxes' points.
let's say the current corruption from past indulgences towards bad apples coddled and left with hands in public cookie jars is everywhere. let's say the bernies are right about what it is they're standing up to oppose. let's face it--observed history is not going to refute that point of view with any real energy. it seems like most every city department is turning up with some pretty egregious examples of extremely bad and untrustworthy public-trust behavior. shame on the coxes for being so poorly adapted towards clean hiring practices. but the chickens come home to roost in our public coop have been roosting here for a good long time now. (the bernies are the only management team i've known in all the years i've been here). at some point, it stands to reason you can start to lay fair blame to the current group of foxes.
and so we are brought back to the contract renewal or non-renewal of the sitting city auditor.
"better than when i found it" is fine resume-ese for getting the next job. but it's cold comfort to taxpayers currently finding out about just how much amazing malfeasance has been perpetrated without any apparent oversight whatsoever. tens of thousands in parking money stolen, and we weren't even keeping receipts for the pickups from the kiosks? seriously? i mean, i'm 30 years from having taken that auditing course back in business school, but i think the whole point of keeping track of money is keeping track of money, know what i mean?
i really appreciate the improvements--i surely and sincerely do. but i think it's pretty clear to everyone but the bernies that we can do better. (makes one wonder if they ever imagine their own shit stinks, while they're railing against the stench permeating the place from before they took over). don't get me wrong--i am in NO WAY asking for a return of the cronyism days of unfettered coxology. these losers we're rooting out on an almost daily basis are an absurd embarrassment to the past culture not cleaned up by the last group of losers in charge. (much like being adamantly opposed to the horrible failures of the obama administration does NOT make me stupid enough to want to re-elect someone from the party that got us headed down this road in the first place).
can we please open up the application process for a new auditor? our old one was very nice, and maybe even has left things better than when she found it. (not something barry o can claim, but lets not digress). but that's no basis for renewing a contract in the face of so many breaches of duty that have occurred. there has to be a consequence. there has to be a better candidate.
let's find one.