This came in from Helen Marshall:
The Times Friday published a laudatory editorial about Michael Tomor, the Museum of Art director who is departing for Tampa to run the Museum of Art there, a private institution.
The editorial notes that arts leaders in El Paso “point to the difficulties sometimes encountered when creative people have to work within a municipal bureaucracy.” Adair Margo says “I am very, very sad our city structure discourages rather than encourages great leaders like him.”
Tomor is leaving despite being a hometown boy, and about 18 months short of the ten years for a pension. What about the city bureaucracy drove him to seek another position (assuming it’s not just about being closer to water). Joyce Wilson was in charge of that bureaucracy for nearly the entire time that Tomor worked here. Could it possibly be that the “El Pasoan of the Year” and her acolytes ran a dysfunctional bureaucracy? Nah, couldn’t be; why, everyone – except the Crazies – knows how wonderful she and her co-conspirators were.
(Curious – there are three city museums, but only two directors. Ms. Wilson tried to close the Museum of Archaeology in 2008 but was stopped by Council. When the museum’s director retired shortly thereafter, she took her revenge by making the Museum of History director serve as director for the Museum of Archaeology as well. The two institutions are more than ten miles apart and have very different collections and programs. And of course the Museum of Archaeology is out there near Cohen Stadium, lightyears away from D*wnt*n; who cares about it? Her keen interest in museum affairs might also be deduced from the demolition of the only children’s/science museum in town in order to build the Stadium.)