This appointment is an insult to all the more diligent and disciplined and smarter students who earned their MBA's (or even a business/accounting degree). Would any of you like this salary?
- Kathy Kane: School teacher working as Controller; sometimes shows up
- Liza Prokopf: Leighton's YMCA trainer as spokesman
- New King's graduate: Head of Municipal Affairs (How different than City Manager or Asst City Manager?). Fresh out of college.
- Thomas Leighton: 3 hour workday (see below)
- Greg Barrouk: Paid nearly $100,000 per year to run city business with a Psychology degree.
- Jim Ryan: Paid an astonishing $80,000 per year to work in the sleepy records office where a wall hides all the newspaper reading.
This looks to me like an operation an active alcoholic would run.
Why is Leighton filling Greg Barrouk's old spot when he (Leighton) only works three hours per day? (source: Former city administrator JJ Murphy in court room testimony in Montgomery County, Pa). THERE MUST BE A LOT OF INTERNET SURFING AT CITY HALL!
Of course it helps to be connected. Daddy Barrouk led the CHAMBER. The he switched hats to work for the now imprisoned MERICLE.
(1) Did Steve Barrouk sell properties from the Chamber to Mericle at less than market prices?
(2) Did Barrouk agressively buy properties for the Chamber with the destination of Mericle in mind?
(3) Were all Chamber properties competitively bid on?
(4) Were Chamber properties sold to Mericle at lowball prices so Barrouk (and Mericle) could later make a killing on buying/leasing these properties?
Would any of this be legal as Head of the Chamber? Just asking.
It is easy to like the Barrouk's. They are pleasant and nice people. But it is also important to look past the "nice-ness" and ask tough questions. Corruption can come in "smiley packages."
FOLKS, CORRUPTION COMES WITH CONSEQUENCES.
-THINK OF THE EDUCATION LOST FROM CRONY TEACHERS (CONSIDER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR BEST AND WORST TEACHERS IN SCHOOL)
- THINK OF THE MONEY WASTED ON CRONY HIRES
- JUST LOOK AT HAWKEYE TO SEE THE RESULTS (WHAT IF THE PERSON RUNNING IT WAS ACTUALLY COMPETENT?)
CORRUPT KINGS COLLEGE MAY HAVE CONNIVED TO GET THEIR SUSPECT BUILDINGS... BUT STUDENTS WILL NOT WANT TO COME TO A CITY THAT LOOKS LIKE DETROIT.
CLEAN HOUSE NEXT ELECTION... OR KISS WB GOOD-BYE!