Councilor Ed Kennedy who has previously served on the City Council, showed some wisdom tonight regarding the resume issue and amended Councilor Elliot’s motion and the city council passed it.
On a 5-3 vote, the Council voted to approve a policy that the City Manager would forward a copy of the resume of the person being nominated to a board or commission but NOT the resume of all who applied.
However ANY City Councilor could go into the Manager’s Office and request to view all the resumes of those who applied.
What I don’t understand is Councilor Elliot. He has been on the City Council for 15 years and yet in the previous 13 NEVER presented a motion to get resumes.
Which made the following quite comical in my view. He kept repeating “how am I expected to make an informed vote on a candidate if I don’t have all the facts?”
Which may make a few people (Like me) ask the question – Is that his way of telling us in the past 13 all his votes to confirm candidates for boards and commissions have been uninformed votes?
Another thing that Councilor Elliot brought up is that he alleges Mr. Green (who was approved for the LHA Board tonight) son approached him to “lobby” for his father but felt he was a bit zealous and it was inappropriate.
What did he think would happen if councilors got all resumes in advance of an appointment and publicly on the council floor motion to kill that appointment?
The Sun would run puff pieces like they did for Mickey O’Keefe and many people would lobby councilors which is why plan E was set up the way it was to avoid this type of lobbying.
It will be interesting to see if Councilor Elliot (and by extension his buddies Lyle and the Sun Editor Mr C) move on to other issue or continue to beat this resume issue even more.
(and YES I know I am supposed to be studying, not blogging but I read while listening to the meeting and needed a break)