OK, so duh, I was reminded that the Planning Director position is co-terminus with the sitting mayor ... and as I was speaking with Donna Holaday on another matter a bit ago, I asked her about Nick Cracknell.
But I want to give James Shanley equal opportunity to answer so I'm waiting for a call back from him.
Oh, OK, I'll tell you that Holaday said that although she felt Cracknell is an "incredibly talented visionary," she would retain Sean Sullivan because Cracknell would be a very controversial appointment.
She said she consulted with people both within City Hall and without to see what they thought of the job Sullivan is doing, and she heard "nothing but wonderful things."
I'll let you know as soon as I hear from Shanley.
But doesn't this make you think twice about the issue of taking the City Marshal and Fire Chief positions out of civil service? Sullivan has only been in the Planning Dept. for one year, come January ... city officials should be very careful about this civil service issue and make sure those positions don't serve "at the pleasure" of the sitting mayor, should they be taken out of civil service.
And I agree with Tom Salemi that appointments to key boards should not be solely at the discretion of the mayor.
I have a feeling that, whoever is elected, there is going to be some "spring cleaning"of boards and committees ... or did I say that already?
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