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July 28, 2014

The Best and the…Brightest?

by at 6:05 pm.

Let me be the first to say that my expectations of Kevin Murphy as City Manager were pretty low. I just knew too much about how these people (GOBs) operate to be that optimistic. However, I would have been ecstatic to be wrong…because I care more about the city than I do about being right. Saying “I told you so” here is sort of a Pyrrhic victory.

So, it is with some sadness that I say…I told you so. The parade of hangers on, losers of the last round of CM administrative decisions, and general all around insider hacks has been…if not like the Merrimack in a warm wet spring after a bad winter, maybe like the Concord in the same season.

Case in point: the admission this past week that Kevin Murphy didn’t bother to interview people for two prominent positions. Just read the title of that Column post: “Hirings of Murphy’s friends no surprise.”

McGovern will serve as assistant city manager, and Coughlin was hired as deputy director of the Department of Planning and Development. They will both make $87,000 and start Friday.

Murphy admits he did not actively search for any others to fill those two roles, as both positions were posted for a short time period and Murphy did not conduct any interviews.

Murphy said it would have been “a charade” to conduct interviews, but he posted the positions to comply with city requirements.

Yeah I’ll say this whole thing is a fucking charade. I can’t believe he’s being this blatant about it…though I suppose I ought to thank him for that. (By the way, by “short time period” they mean five days total.)

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE???

Never mind that I have heard from people who have had interface with, for instance, McGovern, who KMurph has hired to “market the city” in his new ACM position, who was the PR guy for the Greater Lowell Tech, and who failed miserably to push out news, especially positive stories, from the school…even when people were begging for it.

Never mind that apparently, there might have been some awesomely qualified people who put their names in for DPD deputy, or if they did not, it was because they knew the fix was in. People who would have been amazing at the DPD job. Never mind that the guy who got the DPD job is seriously lacking ACTUAL EXPERIENCE - especially compared to the potential interested parties! But hey, he’s a Friend of Kevin!

Being a Lowell citizen right now is like being severely bipolar. On the one hand, this weekend’s Folk Fest was amazing and I felt like it was wrapping its fascinating, diverse, and lively arms around me, and then you see this shit and wish you could sink into the ground from embarrassment. Damn, Kevin, are you a buzzkill.

Bagjob doesn’t even begin to describe this crap. It really doesn’t.

2 Responses to “The Best and the…Brightest?”

  1. Christopher Says:

    I was going to say that hires like this should require Council confirmation, but then realized this is the same Council which hired the Manager and so likely to go along with him anyway. To me this is a strong argument for a Plan A government with a separately elected Mayor who makes these appointments subject to a check by Council.

    (Count me among those who hopes you resume more frequent posting.)

  2. sd Says:

    This is a result of the o’brien case in boston. The judge told the jury that there is nothing wrong with patronidge. The jury determined that the mistake made in probation was the fraudulant way that they acted as if they were making merit hires when they rigged the system to pick who they wanted.

    So, when Kevin wanted to just pick his friends, he didn’t want to risk being accused of creating a sham system. Instead, he just picked who he wanted, and came right out and admitted it.

    There is a bright side. Baldwin and Tradd are both great picks for promotions, and neither had any ties to murphy, or to bernie or anybody else.

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