Especially when the idea is to create a whole new level of managers and supervisors at the Library (of all places). This kind of kingdom building is always suspicious, but during an impending budget crisis it’s positively irresponsible.
Let alone hypocritical — when everyone involved also keeps talking about how we all have to pull together and take our medicine during these times of trouble.
The council’s being asked tonight to create two new job positions (and attendant classifications) for a library supervisor. Even if they were truly necessary, these duties could be easily subsumed within the other existing job classifications down there, including that of the newly hired library director.
Even more telling, staff has apparently already budgeted next year’s money for these still-nonexistent job positions! Why and how did that ever happen? Talk about arrogance. We have that much extra money floating around?
We suspect that staff will try to claim tonight — if questioned — that these new job positions won’t involve any additional hiring. If so, this only means that the city wants to create some sweet and automatic job promotion for a couple of their existing library employees. Is this right and fair? Is it budgetarily responsible?
And isn’t this what happened last fall? Scott wanted to create a sweet new promotional position for an existing employee, for whatever reason; her fellow employees personally ran to the city council members and objected; the council members said “no”; and Scott then quit his job in a huff because he was being overruled and second-guessed. He thought he had the autonomy to do anything he wanted when it came to making these kind of individual personnel selections.
We all saw the results on that one. Will our city council be taking a different path tonight? Those jobs aren’t needed.