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Friday, December 18, 2009

Robinson-Briggs nominated for 'Most Laid Back Public Official of 2009'

Are they putting Zanax in Mayor Robinson-Briggs' water coolers at City Hall? Plainfielders may well wonder when they discover the Mayor (or whoever is making the decision) has yet to begin an official search for a replacement for departing City Administrator Marc Dashield.

I mean, why rush? -- the departure has only been rumored for months, publicly talked about in November (see here), and confirmed in the mainstream media over a week ago (see here).

Robinson-Briggs told the Ledger in a story running today (see here) she 'has not started an official search' as she had yet to receive Dashield's official letter of recognition -- which the story goes on to say he delivered later in the day.

Such sticklers for detail!

Meanwhile, other items on Mayor Robinson-Briggs' plate include: the state-mandated hunt for a CERTIFIED Chief Financial Officer and the need for a
CERTIFIED Purchasing Agent, the FY2010 budget, the looming 2010 Census for which she seems ill-prepared, and the perennially nagging question of some staffers 'acting' tenures.

Quite enough worries for 2010.

Given the Mayor's unruffled mien, I am compelled to nominate her for
'Most Laid Back Public Official of 2009'.

Perhaps she can capture the 2010 nomination also. Time will tell.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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active citizen said...

Speaking of nominations. I would love to know who voted her to be "Mayor of the Year"? Is that like one of those books college students can purchase with their name in it if they pay an exorbitant sum?

I wonder.

Anonymous said...

Letter of recognition or resignation? I don't know if it is you this Mayor that made the statement.

Anonymous said...

The drug is spelled "Xanax".

Dan said...

Right you are, 7:17 --

Dan said...

But the 'Z' spelling gets you the longer article, noting 'Xanax' is a trade name. Go figure --

Gregory Palermo said...

On the Extinction of the Perfect Spelling Record of the Champion of Western New York State, 2009
(with apologies to Wordsworth)

Once did he hold all New York State in fee:
And was the champion of the West: the worth
Of Daniel did not fall below his birth,
Damon, the victor of the spelling bee.
He was a natural speller, bright and free;
He spelled and spelt and ne'er an error made;
But then he misspelled Xanax, I'm afraid,
By substituting X with dam-ned Z.
But what if he had seen those glories fade,
Those titles vanish and that strength decay;
Yet shall some tribute of regret be paid
When perfect spelling reach'd its final day:
Men are we, and must grieve when even the Shade
Of that which once was great is pass'd away.

Dan said...

Felled by the dread Zed!

No apology needed to Wordsworth, but I wonder what Coleridge might think if he learned that --

In Zanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where the sacred Cedar Brook, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
...And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

It might be enough to send him back to the inspiration for his dream!

Anonymous said...

@ Dan and Gregory: waaay too much time on your hands!! LOL


Anonymous said...

Dan not for post necessarily

Dashiled CONTRACT expires on Dec 31, yet watch and see that he gets $$ after that. All his vacation should have been used up in the year, as his memos always say. Went to Atlantic City on City dime knowing he was going to quit. Will get a deal of extra pay into 2010, but wants those who have committed to years of city service putting life on line, live in city to come to work and NOT be paid. SWEETHEART deal if we ever seen one.

just some thoughts for a post