Have they done it again?
According to local news reports the city has hired a new deputy city manager to oversee the capital improvement, streets and maintenance, environmental services and mass transit operations.
His job will pay $183,300 per year.
Reading about him on the web, he appears to have many years of experience working at the city level. Surprisingly he holds only a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering if I haven’t missed something.
This Friday, March 18, 2016 BaltimoreSun article might give us pause. According to the article our new deputy city manager was involved in at least two situations that are reminiscent of what goes on here in El Paso.
According to the “Baltimore Sun” he received over $14,000 in homestead tax exemptions on a property that he owned that he did not live in. More troubling, they report that he received a bill from the state and did not pay it until several months later and then only when the Sun asked him about it.
Most of us can probably understand how a mistake was made when he moved out of a house and did not change his exemption status. Few of us can accept a highly placed city official not paying the tax bill when the state discovered the problem.
The article also points out that our new guy was involved in a failed speed camera system–“Zaied previously supervised the city’s speed camera system, which failed to monitor the rush of tickets it generated and was shut down nearly three years ago after repeatedly issuing erroneous citations.” According to other Sun articles the speed camera system was supposed to generate money for Baltimore but ended up costing millions.
Let’s be fair
It could be that the new guy does not deserve criticism for what happened in Baltimore. He might have been on the periphery of the situations and just got slimed as part of the process.
What we know for certain is that for the money we are paying we could hire someone with much better credentials and with less baggage.
Then again he might fit in well at the city.
We deserve better